Believing Jesus

What does it mean to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, and not believe him? What does it mean to consume the nonviolent Lamb of God in Holy Communion with no intention of striving to become like the Lam who is consumed? What does it mean to have faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior while at the same time justifying the premeditative and unyielding refusal to do what he commands: Love your enemies; Love one another as I have loved you; Put away your sword; Overcome evil with good, etc.?

What would it mean to be a teacher or priest in the church and intentionally choose not to teach what Jesus taught? What does it mean when immediately before his ascension into heaven, Jesus speaks directly to his disciples and says" "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey all that I have commanded you."

One of the most renowned Catholic Biblical scholars of the 20th century, Fr. John L. McKenzie, says: If we cannot know from the New Testament that Jesus rejected violence, we can know nothing of his person or message. It is the clearest of teachings." Mahatma Gandhi, a lifelong Hindu and the person to whom Pope John Paul II referred as "the apostle of nonviolence of the 20th century," noted often: The only people in the world who do not see Jesus and his teachings as nonviolent are Christians." We might just ask ourselves how this is possible.

Simply put, American Christians (Christian Americans?) need a higher loyalty than the office of the president of the United States. Let us strive to imitate Jesus and his way of active nonviolence. Christian nonviolence belongs to the mystery of the Redeemer and redemption. The test is whether one shares in that mystery. Christ has shown that nonviolence is strength and that the effectiveness of nonviolence is ultimately the open tomb : the resurrection. That is our security. Alas, the final question is: Do we believe it?

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