I heard a great talk by a priest a couple of weeks ago, and I keep reflecting back lately on a particular point he made.
He reminded us that Christ said we will be known as Christians by our love for one another,
not because of our modesty
not because of our humility
not because of our piety
not becuase of our simplicity
not because we’re not gluttons or drunkards
not because we practice NFP
not because we work at a church
not because we go to church
not because we are faithful to our spouse
not because we wear a cross
We should be known as Christians by our love for one another–maybe to put it another way in some respect, how we make people feel.
If you really think about it, we remember most vividly the people who made us feel either very wonderful–or very awful. 🙂
There is so much that should and does naturally emerge in our behavior from having a solid, deep Christian faith (see above). It is such a powerful reminder, though, that our real witness and ministry as Christians is in the everyday conversations and interactions with our families and with everyone we meet.