Christianity. Pure and Simple.

Has anyone ever asked you why you are Christian? I hope so. It’s a seemingly easy question to answer, and yet, I worry that many cradle-Christians don’t know what to say (I don’t think that this is purely a Catholic issue, but one for all who grew up in the faith and have never known anything else.)

So here’s my answer. It’s a longer form of what could possibly be said in that situation, but it boils down to just one thing: I am a Christian because I have experienced the healing love of Jesus Christ. I would not respond with philosophical truths, testimony from others, accounts from the Bible, or moralistic imperatives, although each of these things bear truth as well. Christianity, as far as I can see, is a matter of relationship at its very core. Pure and simple, if you don’t have that relationship, if you’ve never had that encounter, nothing else will make sense.

And so encounter him. Let him encounter you. I will leave you with one of my favorite passages from Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium:

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!

5 Comments on “Christianity. Pure and Simple.

  1. Hello Father, while I do agree with what you say, the common answer to it is that “religion is a crutch for hopeless/pathetic people.” What would you respond to such a rebuff? Thanks.

  2. Hi Fr Casey I am really sorry to hear you got so much abuse as a result of the video on abortion. I understand it I am a priest myself working in Ireland. It’s not easy being persecuted I could write a book on the subject. I have been following your videos for a number of years now. You are doing a great job. I enjoy your videos. Keep up the good work. You are fantastic. May God bless you and keep you close to his heart. Fr Patrick Deely Ireland.

  3. Hi Fr Casey I am really sorry to hear you got so much abuse as a result of the video on abortion. I understand it I am a priest myself working in Ireland. It’s not easy being persecuted I could write a book on the subject. I have been following your videos for a number of years now. You are doing a great job. I enjoy your videos. Keep up the good work. You are fantastic. May God bless you and keep you close to his heart. Fr Patrick Deely Ireland.

  4. When I was growing up, I thought Christians were these people who are polite and humble and helpful…Boy oh boy, was I wrong. They gossip in church. They lie in church. They steal in church. There is deep racism within the church. They masturbate/watch pornography on Saturday, go to church on Sunday, come back and masturbate on that very Sunday. They sleep with each other yet they claim to be Christians. Please just to church, hangout, get old, get your 401K and Go To Hell. How are you going to heaven when you spent all you life on earth gossiping and lying? Go 2 Hell.

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