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Mark 14:17-21
Thursday, August 16 2012

Faith Beyond Sunday...

We celebrate the Eucharist each week at Mass, but do we remain faithful disciples the rest of the week?

When it was evening, he came with the Twelve. And as they reclined at table and were eating, Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me."

They began to be distressed and to say to him, one by one, "Surely it is not I?"

He said to them, "One of the Twelve, the one who dips with me into the dish. For the Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born." -Mark 14:17-21, NAB

Of course, Jesus was speaking about Judas in this verse.  Judas was at the Last Supper with the rest of the apostles, but he would soon leave to betray Jesus.  In John 21, Judas gets up and leaves to turn Jesus in (read here).

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How could Judas sit at the table with Jesus, but then leave to hand Him over to the chief priests?  Well, how can we sit at Christ's table at Mass each week, only to leave and betray Him with our thoughts and actions?  Do we continue to live Sunday values on Monday morning?

Being a "good Catholic" goes beyond going to Mass each week.  Some Catholics believe that going to Mass checks a box on our Christian to-do list, but it is only one aspect of a faith-filled life.  Often times, what we do Monday through Saturday can say more about our faith than how often we attend Mass on Sunday.

How can we live a faith-filled life the rest of the week?  Pray every day.  Give to the poor.  Volunteer your time to help others.  Share your faith with those around you.  Make Christ the focus of your family life.  Take part in the other Sacraments, such as Confession.  The list goes on.

I have written about this many times before - not out of judgment, but as someone who has learned this lesson himself.  Keeping Christ at the center of my life, each and every day, has made a huge impact on me.  My life seems more complete, I find peace when others can't, and Christ brings a sense of purpose that I never had before.

Can you find time to squeeze the Lord into your busy schedule?  We can somehow find time for late nights at work, soccer practices, ballet recitals, and a host of other activities, but we struggle to give 15 minutes in prayer everyday to God.  Our priorities need to change.  Instead of giving God the leftovers of your time, make Him your number one priority.  When you do, your life will begin to change in ways you might not expect.  

Do not sit at the Eucharistic table on Sunday and go back to being a Judas on Monday.  Instead, let the love of Christ, which you receive in the Blessed Sacrament every Sunday, reflect on your life each and every day.

 

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