Reflections of God's Goodness
A Renewed Personal Encounter with Jesus
July always reminds me of fireworks and all things red, white, and blue! It is a month to celebrate our freedoms and to remind ourselves that we are indeed blessed. The most important freedom that our forefathers wanted to assure is the freedom to believe in God and worship Him in whatever way we choose.
For those of us who are Christian, July can be a reminder that believing in and following Jesus is a choice — a choice we must make. The Gospels record Jesus asking His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus is asking each one of us that very same question. Who do you say ‘He’ is? Not what do you know about Jesus. It is impossible to know everything about Jesus but that is not the same as knowing Him. There is a difference.
Knowing Jesus is believing He is the Son of God, “…who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification and redemption.” (1Cor. 1:30). Knowing Jesus is trusting in Him despite the circumstances surrounding us.
Knowing Jesus is having a personal relationship with Him. In his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis appeals to all of us to give ourselves to a "renewed personal encounter with Jesus:"
“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.”
Jesus wants us to know Him and love Him. He wants us to allow Him to love us back. He invites us to follow Him. So, ask yourself the question: Who is Jesus for me? Reflect on how you connect with Jesus. How do you respond to His invitation to follow Him?
This month, take the opportunity to seek a "renewed personal encounter with Jesus." May you be filled with His love and blessed with the joy, peace and hope that come from knowing Him.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN