Who is a Christian?

08-30-2020Pastor LetterFr. Jess Ty

Dear Family of God,

Who is a Christian?

Christians are followers of Christ, they are called to live their lives in a different way from others around them. Christian discipleship demands honesty, the willingness to suffer (“take up your cross”), generosity (“to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God”), and readiness to follow Jesus by obeying his commandment of love. To follow our Lord is to imitate his life in the way He fulfills the Father’s plan, that is, through suffering. His example is left for us to follow, not just listening to it or admiring his great deeds, no, he wants us to do the same.

Dear Family of God,

Who is a Christian?

Christians are followers of Christ, they are called to live their lives in a different way from others around them. Christian discipleship demands honesty, the willingness to suffer (“take up your cross”), generosity (“to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God”), and readiness to follow Jesus by obeying his commandment of love. To follow our Lord is to imitate his life in the way He fulfills the Father’s plan, that is, through suffering. His example is left for us to follow, not just listening to it or admiring his great deeds, no, he wants us to do the same.

I don’t like to wear a mask, but I do it out of love for my brothers or sisters who might have vulnerable adults in their home, to protect them from the virus, and to worship God peacefully. Jesus taught us, “Obedience is better than sacrifice,” that is, the burnt offerings. But he also said: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for your friends.”

May we all have the grace and courage to imitate our Lord in all aspects of our lives and offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. May our Lady, who stands under the cross, intercede for us all.

In Christ through Mary Immaculate,

Fr. Jess Ty

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