by Clare Schmitt
Every Christian must be a living book in which others can read the teaching of the Gospel. ~ St. Joseph of Leonessa
October is over – how the time flies! By now, it’s possible that you’ve lost some of the excitement that you had at the beginning of the school year. Perhaps you dream of having adventures, and feel that studying for a spelling or grammar test is anything but adventurous. However, the great thing about being Catholic is that we are already part of a great adventure! As the Church celebrates All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we are reminded that each of us is part of a giant community filled with heroes, warriors, missionaries, teachers, priests, religious, and martyrs: men and women who gave up their lives for God, who inspired nations, and who taught people to be joyful in the salvation that Christ has won for all men. God uses our smallest sacrifices for His service, which means that when we offer up the little things, we too can become participants in the great adventures of the Saints!
St. Joseph of Leonessa reminds us of how all men are called to live the Gospel. As young people of the 21st century, it may seem a bit odd to try and live according to something which was written 2,000 years ago. During the time of Jesus, people wore different clothes, listened to different music, and there was no such thing as indoor plumbing. However, while the Word of God is unchanging, it is also alive.
One of the mysteries and miracles of Scripture is that the truths contained within them applied just as much to the people living at the time it was written as it does to those of us who live thousands of years later. The Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit, Who is eternal. When you prayerfully read the Scriptures, therefore, you know that the Holy Spirit is speaking directly to you, personally. And when you put into action what you have received from the words of the Holy Spirit, you are giving testimony to the Gospel.
Let us pray for the grace to receive the words of the Holy Spirit, and the strength to live the Gospel in our daily lives as a witness for others.