losing my life for LIFE

A manifesto to fellow Catholic twenty-somethings…

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Gospel reading: John 9:22-25)

Sex, money, power. Now there’s nothing wrong with sex, money, and power. But the way our generation sees it all is infested with lies. The culture of death? Everywhere. Yet the Gospel was written thousands of years ago. Jesus Christ came thousands of years ago. Though the darkness has gotten darker, and the temptations are so much higher… has anything really changed?

As Catholic twenty-somethings, we say a firm “no” to the worship of sex, money, power. Not only are we going against our current culture; we are trying to revolutionize what has been since the beginning of time!

Yet with Christ, the old passes away, and ALL is made new (as in the “Tantum Ergo,” Christ is ever ancient, ever new). We’re trying to undo centuries, thousands and thousands of years, of lies, with a Son of God whose life has no end, who is timeless.

Newton’s second law says that every force has an equal and opposite reaction. Well, God always defies this law spiritually. As Christians who turn to the LORD to bring light to the darkness of the world, not only do we have the power to push satan away (the “equal and opposite reaction”); we also have the power to re-create the face of the earth! We are given more than just equal counter force. We are given an abundance of grace.

Jesus promised that in losing our lives, He would give us LIFE, and give us life more abundantly (John 10:10). We were made for so much more than just sex, money, and power.

Jesus says that “whoever wishes to lose his life will save it.” We must cooperate, too. Yes, we have a hand in our redemption. It is our choice, day by day, moment by moment, to continually lose our lives to a Savior.  It is our choice, day by day, moment by moment, to choose LIFE. 

So moment by moment, may we turn from the false idols of our current society, and may we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).  Catholic twenty-somethings, we aren’t just rebels. We are rebels with a cause. This spiritual warfare is worth the fight! Christ awaits. Light and life awaits.


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