Just returned from a seven day trip to the western Caribbean. We had great weather and enjoyed ourselves immensely. I had several conversations with people on a variety of topics to include religion. What I found in these conversations were people struggling to understand the Truth of Church teaching. One thing I heard from several people is the statement, “Jesus never said anything about that in the bible.” There are lots of things Jesus did not speak directly about in His ministry. Should we suggest that if Jesus did not speak on it directly that it is somehow okay? The answer is “no”. We must look closely at both moral and natural law to find the answer to many of these areas where we can slip into “relativism.” It is important to note that the entire Bible is the Word of God. So God speaks to us through all the scriptures and not just quotes from Jesus in the Gospels.
Teachings of the Church can often be challenging and difficult because they call us to follow the will of God versus following our own will and desires. What I have found in my own faith life is a greater need for the sacraments. Especially the sacrament of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Both provide strength to overcome those areas in our life where we struggle with sin. In the depths of our heart, we know when we are doing something counter to what God ‘s teaching. Are some things more difficult to overcome than others – yes. We all have different crosses to bear in life. But God is the ultimate remedy to our troubles and we can find great comfort and hope knowing that He can help us deal with any struggle we may have. Sin is tricky because over time it can convince us that our behavior, whatever it may be, is acceptable and okay. When we encounter Jesus on a frequent basis, He shines light on those areas where darkness exists. In order to be brothers and sisters of Christ, we must be a shining example to the world – this includes to ourselves when no one else is looking (except God of course).