Glorify The Lord By Your Life
Catechesis At Home – Glorify the Lord by Your Life
5th Sunday of Easter – Year B
This week all of the readings describe some aspect or attribute of discipleship. What does it mean to be a disciple? Many times we think that word refers only to those men and women in the Bible who followed Jesus. Sometimes we even narrow it down to the Twelve Apostles. But in reality, we are all called to be disciples. The word “disciple” means a student or follower who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of another (Merriam-Webster School Dictionary). There are three parts to being a disciple: 1) being a student or follower, 2) accepting the teachings of someone, and 3) helping to spread those teachings.
In the first reading, we see Saul (newly converted to the faith, and who would become St. Paul) speaking “out boldly in the name of the Lord.” In the second reading, St. John instructs us that speaking is not enough we must love “in deed and truth.” He teaches us to form our hearts so that they have confidence in God and to keep His commandments. We do this when we work to form our conscience rightly. And Jesus, in the Gospel, explains that as long as we remain in Him, we have life; and by doing so we glorify God and are counted among His disciples.
Discipleship is not easy. St. Paul had to run for his life on several occasions, one of which is described in this week’s first reading. St. John who wrote the second reading and the Gospel lived a long time in exile. Jesus showed us by His death that we must suffer, too. But remember the Resurrection! Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He made it possible for us to follow Him into life: eternal life in heaven. Yes, being a disciple is difficult sometimes, but the reward is eternal life and THAT is worth it!
One of the dismissals for Mass is, “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.” Talk with your family this week about what that means. How do we glorify God? When we are at home, do we speak to and treat one another lovingly in “deed and truth” or do we treat one another harshly? At school and work, do we boldly live as a Christian or do we hide it? Do we desire our heart to be like Jesus’ heart? Do we follow His commandments? And when we fail and are sorry; do we go to Confession?
Remember, being a disciple of Christ is 1) being a student or follower of His, 2) accepting His teaching, and 3) helping to spread the Good News. We accomplish the third aspect differently based on each person’s vocation and state in life, and personality. Parents are given the task of passing on the faith to their children. Children are given the task of obeying their parents. Baptized Christians are sharers in the divine life of Christ and have the obligation to share that life with others. This is what it means to “glorify the Lord by your life.”
For a mid-week refresher about Discipleship, listen with the whole family to How to be a Disciple – Episode 42 of On the Road to Perfection, our podcast, releasing on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
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How are we supposed to be a disciple? A lot of us are confused on how to accomplish discipleship. In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about how to follow Jesus, what resources we can use, and why being disciples of Christ can be so difficult. After listening to this podcast, discipleship will be a lot easier!