We think that everyone knows who Jesus is, but although most have heard the name “Jesus,” many do not know much about the real Jesus who lives and loves still today. Archbishop Wuerl wrote in Disciples of The Lord: Sharing the Vision, A Pastoral Letter on the New Evangelization, “There are numerous people, particularly in the Western world, who have already heard of Jesus. Our call is to stir up again and rekindle in the midst of their daily life and concrete situation, a new awareness and familiarity with Jesus. We are called not just to announce, but to adapt our approach so as to attract and to urge an entire generation to find again the uncomplicated, genuine, and tangible treasure of friendship with Jesus.”
This means that we need to share our relationship with Jesus just as we naturally share other things that excite us or mean a lot to us, kind of like introducing someone to one of our very best friends. And it’s not just what we say, but also how we integrate our faith into our normal lives, and how that faith shows through to others. It may be blessing our food when we are out to eat, offering to pray for someone who is suffering through a difficult time in their life, sharing a story of how God is working in your life, or openly expressing gratitude to God for the good things. These are little ways to attract rather than announce or preach. These little ways can “stir up and rekindle” in others a “new awareness and familiarity with Jesus.”
Do you personally have a “tangible treasure of friendship with Jesus” that is visible in your day to day life? If not, what can you do to live what you believe?