We must go to this Child, this Man, the Son of God, at whatever inconvenience, at whatever risk to ourselves, because to know and love him will change our lives.

St. John Paul II

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When I began …

When I began five and a half years ago writing daily about faith and culture, the world and our country was much different.  I thought of my task as one of providing spiritual comfort, help, guidance to those who suffered and were astray, puzzled, confused, betrayed, injured, hurt.

In the interim, I had to adjust to an additional task, that of evangelization. Introducing others to Christ, reminding them of Christ, and of the indispensable place of faith in human existence and human community.

Yet, as things began to disintegrate in our country, as battle lines were drawn and political and ideological hostility divided us and corruption and untruth emerged, my task changed again to include comments on public life, politics, psychology and the like – for it became obvious that as a country we were distinctive because faith played a vital, irreplaceable role in our founding, our history, our prosperity, our identity, our existence.

However, in these years one constant remained – our need to be anchored in our faith – to make certain that nothing displaces that, and God as our center, no matter the controversy.

 Gospel is Revelation

The Gospel is not a story, not history, nor myth.  It is Revelation.  To read the Gospel otherwise is to miss the mark, to miss its depth, its singular uniqueness.

The Gospel is God’s revealing Himself to you, to us, to mankind and to the world. The Gospel shows us what is divine, the deepest reality that exists.

In the Gospel we are invited into God, invited to know God – the Creator.  To be invited into God is to be invited into Love, for God is love.

The Gospel reveals what God wishes for us.  It is existential reality.  Like no other, it introduces us to certainty, identity, intimacy, forgiveness, the endless forever.

The Gospel is the daily encounter with God in Christ, our constant companion if only we allow it.

In Christ, God speaks, lives, acts, loves, suffers, dies and rises again.  Yes, in the Gospel is grace given, gift offered.

No matter the state of our being – indeed in times of our greatest errors and confusion – one question remains: Do we live a Gospel life?

Shalom.

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