Something We Should All Remember
I ran across this picture on Facebook and couldn’t resist sharing it–both here and on my page. This is something that we too often lose sight of. We treat the Church as though she is a set of rules and laws, an authority that always tells us what not to do. But that isn’t who the Church is.
The Church is the Bride of Christ, the one for whom He died and the one for whom He will return. It is this love of Christ for the Church that is given to each one of us, the faithful sons and daughters of the Church. Too often today, the Love Story that IS the Church is vilified. We’re told that love is allowing people to do whatever “makes them happy”, whatever makes them “feel good”. The world has lost sight of what love really is–and because of that, the world cannot understand the Church, and nor can it understand Christ.
Love does not mean always saying “yes” to what the other wants. Sometimes, it is precisely because you love someone that you must tell them not to do something. If a parent tells a child not to run with scissors or not to eat glue, the parent isn’t ruining that child’s fun; rather, the parent is showing love for and protecting the child. The Church, then, as a loving mother, cannot possibly say “yes” to all that her children ask of her, because we do not always know what is best for us.
Now, of course, I’m not saying that we’re all complete idiots, or that we have to be spoon fed everything under the sun. However, it is very easy for us to be swept up by the popular thinking of our times, thinking which is potentially dangerous and harmful. It is in situations like this that the Church must step in and pull us away from what we perceive to be goodness in order to direct us to the Ultimate Good: God Himself.
Of course, this Love Story that is the Church is also each one of us. By our very existence, we bear witness to God’s great love, so great that He created the world and literally LOVED the world and humans into being. We, too, have a duty to carry this powerful love to those who do not know God, just as the Church has the duty to transmit this love to us, her children, through her teaching and guidance.
The Church is not some institution with cold rules and laws, and nor are we mere spectators. The love of Christ for the Church and for each one of us calls all of us to action. We have to DO something once we have experienced this powerful love–we can’t help but share it with the world. So, even when it is difficult, let’s stand up and be a witness to this beautiful Love Story in our thoughts, words, and actions.
Posted on June 24, 2013, in Apologetics, Reflections and tagged Bride of Christ, Catholic Church, Catholic Church love story, Catholic Church not an institution, institution, love story. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.