There is Nothing New Under the Sun

07-08-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

It can be so difficult to share our faith and how it shapes our worldview with someone who either is unfamiliar with it or has rejected it outright. This can feel like a new phenomenon as our nation’s inability to have civil discourse on virtually any topic of substance seems increase by the hour. Yet, as my father used to say, “there is nothing new under the sun.”

Want proof? Here is a favorite quote: “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.” - Socrates

In the second chapter of Ezekiel, we hear of God sending a prophet (which we are all called to be in our own way) to the hard of face and obstinate of heart, a rebellious house. Doesn’t that read a bit like our current social climate? Yet, Ezekial lived more than 2,500 years ago.

Our God continues to ask us to die to ourselves and share what we have found in Him! This is not always easy, but few worthy efforts are. Start by making time for—and pursuing—conversations long enough to achieve a certain depth. Call a friend and ask if you can meet for coffee or lunch. When they ask you how life is, don’t be ashamed to let your faith be part of the narrative. (It IS part of the narrative, right?) If they dismiss you and what you have to say, take heart. Jesus is dismissed as merely a carpenter and neighbor in the beginning of the sixth chapter of Mark’s Gospel.

You now have something in common with Christ—and we should rack up as many similarities as we can!

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org

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