Words and Deeds

I have seen many road traffic accidents in my life and I even had a firsthand experience once. In road incidents where at least two cars are involved, it is common that the drivers will have contradicting claims. One party might claim that it was not his fault, and the other does the same. The bystanders could also tell a different tale. They are considered witnesses.

My understanding of a witness is someone who can testify to an incident that he encountered and experienced himself. The tasks of witnesses are to give their testimony to establish the truth with the investigators or in some cases, in court proceedings. They could help understand the incident or solve a crime.

Witnessing to Jesus is somewhat similar to this concept since there is also a need to bear testimony in words to the truth. But deeper than that, witnessing for Jesus is also giving testimony in deeds. This involves a lifetime commitment. As we believe, love, and follow Jesus, we are called to serve as witnesses to our faith—that is, to demonstrate by our words and actions what we have “seen”, heard and believe in our hearts about Christ. We testify to Him who shows us love, mercy and grace and promises eternal life.

Witnessing to Christ is a call for His true lovers. This will not be easy so we need to rely more on God for His grace. I could not think of anything on how best to do it than to let Jesus live in us so that He could shine in us.

By: Sem. Lester John D. Cabais

Today’s Gospel

Mk 16:15-18

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

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