For those who have not seen or heard of this video by Jeff Bethke, this video as of Friday had over 15 million views and has sparked quite a debate.
While there are things I agree with in Jeff’s video, I keep returning to the two things I appreciate and love most about my Catholic faith: our understanding of community and our belief in sacramentality.
I learn about Christ by being in relationship with others and by experiencing Christ’s love through being loved by another. I learn about Christ by understanding that we, gathered, are the Body of Christ.
I learn about Christ by understanding that it is not just about the fact that Jesus came and that he will come again, but that Jesus is alive and present in our lives now. I understand this through not only the Catholic Church’s seven sacraments, but through the millions of sacramental moments in my life. I know what sacramental moments are because my religion, and the people who profess it, have taught me how to pray. I know about Christ because of the legacy St. Igantius left this world in his gift of the Spiritual Exercises.
So, while yes, I love Jesus, I do love my Catholic faith also!
Very interested to hear your response to the video!