“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me before me will be denied before the angels of God.”
Love is faithful. The one who loves Christ will be faithful to him, not only in their private lives, but in their public lives – in the sight of men and women. Christ expects this of all of us: we are to acknowledge him in the world, explain his teachings to the people of our time, and, most importantly, live those teachings so as to be his witnesses in the world. Living this way has eternal consequences, as the Lord tells us in this passage from St Luke’s Gospel. For Christians this is a sacred duty, particularly for those who are well known or hold public office since their lives and choices will be influential. If any man or woman professes to be Christian, then they must strive to be faithful. There is no fidelity in twisting the teachings of Christ to please the mob or to be politically correct, for that is, ultimately, a rejection of Christ.
Among our intentions today, we pray also for Christians who hold public office: that they may remain true to Christ and his law.