We had a great turnout on Thursday night at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine for our young adult Bible study. There were about 20 of us in attendance, so we enjoyed some pizza while getting to know some of the new faces. Then we split into four groups to study the Bible.
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.”
It is amazing to consider how there were people from so many different nations together, all speaking their native tongues, yet still able to understand each other. Our group considered the words that come from our own mouths. Are we speaking vulgarities, complaints, and negativity? Or are we spreading the love of God through our joyful words and our more optimistic demeanor? We are challenged by our faith to speak out and to stand up for the Truth. One way that we can be prepared to do that is by being well-read on the Catholic teachings so that we know how to respond to the world. We must imitate Jesus’ example by responding to people with love and patience, but also acknowledging what is truth and correcting people when they are misinformed about Christian principles.
“No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”
This reading had many similarities to the first reading in the magnitude of our words. Some of the people we encounter in our workplaces may have had little to no experience with Christianity. As believers, we are therefore accountable for our words and we must be aware of the messages that we are spreading. Many of us in Bible study were fortunate enough to be baptized as babies and we had the privilege of being raised according to the faith, while some of us are newer converts. Regardless of the manner in which we got here, we have a responsibility to live out our faith, specifically through our words and actions. We must ask the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we may speak and act accordingly.
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
We noticed how closely related all three readings are this week in the responsibility that we have as Christians. Jesus sent out the disciples just as He sends out each of us. I sometimes wonder why I was so blessed to be born into a Catholic family in the United States of America while other babies were being born at the exact same time into poverty and desolation in other countries. But the fact of the matter is that because we have so many privileges as Americans, we must go out to spread the Word and to serve the needy. That is our responsibility. As Jesus sent the disciples, so he also sends us out into the world to preach the Good News.
Stay tuned for more Young Adults in Faith events during the month of June. Our next holy hour is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28th at 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Church at 91 Stillhouse Road, Millstone, NJ. We hope to see you there!
By: Stephanie Queiroz