Our call to have faith is synonymous too having belief. Too sustain us, God gives us powerful verses in the Bible, like Isaiah 41:10 & Romans 8:31, but even they don't summarize all that it is to be Catholic. We all called for much more. Sure we can use those passages, absolutely! But that is not what being a Catholic is. I can tell you this: it isn't something that can be put in a sentence, or wrapped up in a neat bow. It's not as easy as 1, 2, 3.
In the Gospels, Jesus invited his disciples to "eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of His blood". 2000 years after Christ, we are doing just that, when we encounter Jesus, Body & Blood in the Eucharist at Mass. But imagine Jesus telling you to do that back in the day. They would've taken it literally, that they were supposed to eat another Human Being! I could imagine thoughts running through their head like: “We aren't cannibals, we didn’t sign up for this!” And for some, they stopped following Jesus. They lost their faith!
What if you were in those times, what would you have done? – I would have packaged my bags and left without a doubt. Sure, this man can heal the sick, drive demons away, feed 500,000 men with a few loaves and fish, but now He is asking us to consume human flesh & blood. I just can’t do that. He must be crazy!
In our lives today, we may go through the same things. It may be through helping out at church or university, picking up someone who has fallen down, breaking through the ‘embarrassment barrier’ and speaking out for yourself. Some trials may be harder than others, that’s when we use verses like “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. …” (Isaiah 41:10) and "Because If God is with us, who can stand against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Today will you pack your bags when your faith gets tested? Or will you answer the call of the Lord? Because God is calling us. Whether it is to help others or smile to the person on the street or calling you into a vocation. Will YOU answer the call? Or run away?
This reflection was written by Jason, whom is studying Engineering at UQ, and loves playing the guitar. Jason has just returned from World Youth Day in Poland, an experience which has left him on fire and closer to God.