I often wonder why some Christians have this insatiable desire to convert Catholics, as if we Catholics somehow fall short of the mark–maybe we just don’t get it.
The whole premise on being Born Again or Accepting Jesus Christ as My Personal Lord and Savior often perplexes me.
For if we attend daily Mass or Sunday Mass, we receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit each time we stick out our tongue, receive the Eucharist and declare Amen. That Amen means, I believe you are my Lord and Savior. I believe that you died for me on the cross and rose again after the third day. And I believe that this wafer going into my mouth is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
How awesome is that?
Jesus is given to us through His Word and Sacrament, creation and human relationships, and various major conversion points, such as being born again, and at specific points in life. Some of these are formal, and some are informal. some are big, and some are small. For me, it is a daily decision to walk with Him or not. Being a Christian is all about “relationship,” so it has a beginning like a new friendship, a formalization similar to a committment, and is ongoing through all eternity if you want it and requires effort, similar to keeping a marriage alive.
The choice is ours to make. We must all wake up to the wonder of it. I do not seek to convert my Christian brothers and sisters to Roman Catholicism and I respect their relationship and walk with Jesus.
As my friend, Rabbi Marc Gellman often says, “there are many paths up the same mountain.”