What have I been preaching?
I get quite a bit of entertainment from fun little ‘Catholic readings’ that my Grandpa leaves on my office desk. These treasures often take the form of Catholic articles or editorials, often promoting a more ‘liberal’ version of Catholicism.
Perhaps Gramps thinks that a more liberal version of Catholicism might appeal to my secular, scientific mind?
This Easter I was particularly entertained by a direct excerpt from Genesis 1.1 that was inconspicuously sitting on my keyboard.
I will admit that I may have made some unkind comments about the articles behind Gramp’s back.
“Does he think this fairytale will resonate with me!?”
“Oh now I understand creation….Yeeeeesssshhh!”
“Has he lost his marbles?”
“Is this a new Covid symptom?”
I eventually started reflecting on my own ‘evangelization practice’.
The multitude of unsolicited ‘challenges’ to colleagues and friends in the realms of fitness, diet, sleeping, or many other barrage of lifestyle initiatives.
My plethora of invasive personal questions regarding goals, motivations, or general lifestyle patterns.
Or perhaps the multiple suggestions of podcasts, shows, or literature that I frequently recommend to help people ‘move their needle’.
Under a more open minded scrutiny I have to wonder if my version of evangelization is any different than Gramps?
Before we decide to judge others, maybe a healthy dose of self-reflection is due.
We may find that our own motivations are not too different from theirs.
Now that’s a peak ethos.