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Look, Mom, I changed the view!

catholic men mentoringSo the site is sporting a newer look.  I realized that my photo of the swiss guard was not always loading well in the responsive design so here you go.  I don’t know what to call the new background except dark with some colors.  So far things look better with the dark/light contrast.  I hope you like it.

In the meantime, I’m working on my first batch of web reviews.  And while you wait for that, I’ve got a thought for you.

Remember yesterday’s Gospel reading?  In John 3, we see the tail end of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin.  You might say that Nick was a member of the supreme court.  So, here he is talking with Jesus under cover and out of sight.  How did his story end?  What do we know about him?  We don’t have a whole lot, but we do know that he and Joseph of Arimethea worked together to give Jesus a proper burial.  Not many other mentions of him until then, right?

It made me think of how a lot of us guys are often living our faith in the shadows.  Maybe we don’t want to draw too much attention to ourselves.  Maybe we are scared of what others will think.  Maybe we are afraid we’ll lose our standing or our job.  In the west, that’s about as far as the fears go.  However, we are not given a spirit of timidity (see Paul’s letters to Timothy), nor are we meant to keep the light of Christ hidden (Matthew 5).  We are to be bold and unashamed witnesses of Jesus Christ.

So why aren’t you?

I dare say that until Nicodemus buried Jesus that few if any people knew he was a follower of Christ.  Do you really want people to show up at your funeral saying, “Huh?  Mass?  I didn’t know this guy was religious.”  Let me challenge you today to man up and live your faith like you mean it.  Embrace it.  Let Christ so permeate your being that others know by your actions and words that you are in communion with God and that He directs your life.  If you are living for Christ on a daily basis, you will draw others to Him.  That’s kind of the plan, my friends.

Let’s do it!