If Jesus is the answer, what is the question?

3 thoughts on “If Jesus is the answer, what is the question?”

  1. Joyce Donahue

    I would like to speak from personal experience here. Although individual seekers may be looking for different things, for me, in 1986, it was the immediate response of hospitality and the sense of being valued as an individual that drew me in. When I inquired (casually, I thought) about “classes to learn about the Catholic Church” because my children, baptized Catholic, were getting old enough for catechesis and I wanted to know what they would be learning, I was not sure how I felt about Jesus or the Church. The immediately loving invitation and the instant acceptance when I walked in for the first inquiry session, had me hooked rather quickly. I almost immediately felt I had come home.

    Having experienced that, I believe that providing an immediate atmosphere of welcome and affirmation are very key for many who are tentatively considering the Catholic faith. Information can come later; relationship must come first.

  2. One of the main problems with people today is their self centeredness, self absorbtion, livng in the world of emotion and feelings. My first reaction to the list of longings was that they can perpetuate self absorption. I would never promise a seeker that Christ will fulfill all they longings. It sounds to much like the prosperity Gospel. i think fulfillment of longings is a byproduct of surrender, a dying to self and being absorbed totally by God. That being said, my initial contact evangelization is more philosophical rather than theological. The longings are an opportunity to redirect, to begin self reflection on purpose. how can we begin to solve problems in someones life if they don’t realize what they are and the purpose for their existence. it’s the age old questions what am i? Who am I? Why am I? Where am I going? In the age of emotions/feelings people have not given these important questions much consideration.

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