‘I AM YOUR GOD…’
Fr. Ireneusz Skubiś, The Honourable Editor-in-Chief of ‘Niedziela’
I have been lucky recently to meet people very enlivened with their faith. A Czech man visited me, who had been baptized after completing the Neocatechumenate. He gave me a picture of St. Rafał Archangel – he had been named so. That elegant and educated man treated his baptism in a responsible and very joyful way – I saw his great joy about the presence of Christ in his life. Also another young man has visited me recently, who had been healed from cancer through intercession of St. Father Pio. In the life of those two men a new sun shone, which determines them to proclaim others Risen Christ.
Whereas if one looks at, among the others, discussions on Sunday off, one will see that motivation concerning this day off is very secularized. It is emphasized that Sunday free from trade is needed, so that customers and people working in trade would have free time for their families, they could take rest, travel somewhere, etc. It is all true that here there is lack of the basic Christian motivation. Those governing the country are baptized people, who go to church, receive holy sacraments, so they must know the basic motif – God’s third commandment: ‘You do remember to celebrate the holy day’. This respect to God should be celebrated on Sunday.
God speaks about himself: ‘I am your Lord, your God’. He wants to be present in our life. He lives in the human conscience and even those who think that they do not believe in God, if they do not allow satan to utilize their consciences, they will notice God’s presence in them. Therefore, it is important to devote time to peaceful observation of one’s inside, listening to God’s voice heard in church and in the human conscience, that is – religious motivation.
But awareness of us, believers, has already been deprived of the fact of God’s presence in our life. For example, Catholic MPs are lingering to decide on defence of life. We are still forgetting that God exists and said clearly what He means about human life.
In the recent time of the Great Lent we should think about motivation of faith which comes from a well-formed conscience, from evangelical teaching and prayer. A priest is sad when he notices that in important situations all motifs are quoted but not the fact that we do something in regard to worship to God, for love to Him…
Translated by Aneta Amrozik
Niedziela 12/2018 (25 III 2018)