Not All Catholics are Catholic…
Controversial ideas are never well-accepted:
“But it is not that the word of God has failed. For not all who are of Israel are Israel, nor are they all children of Abraham because they are his descendants; but ‘It is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name.’ This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants.” -Romans 9:6-8 NAB
In Paul’s time, 2000 years ago, many Jews had not accepted Christ. As we learn from Romans 9:1-3, the long-awaited Messiah had come in the form of Jesus Christ, but much of Israel did not see it that way. So, did God fail in His plan? Was His will not done? No, as we see in today’s verse, it has not.
The message in today’s verse is that there were many Israelites who had made false assumptions. Many were misguided because they considered themselves Jews by birth – because their parents were Jews. They did not choose to be Jews; they were born into the faith. But, to truly be Jewish means living out their faith – something that many of them were not doing. And, it sounds very familiar to what we see today as Catholics.
Do you know anyone who calls themself Catholic simply because their parents were? Have you met the type that follows the Catholic Tradition simply because they feel obligated too? Unfortunately, it is an epidemic among Catholics, and Christians in general. We need to help our non-practicing Catholic friends, family members, and neighbors to come back home again.
I can call myself an artist, but if I don’t paint any pictures, is it true? I can call myself a poet, but a poet has to write poems. And, I can call myself a Catholic, but it means little if I don’t practice the faith. At the same time, if you were not born a Catholic but converted later, it doesn’t make you any less Catholic than anyone else. Being Catholic is not about your parents; it’s about the choices you make and the life you live.
Let’s show the world what it truly means to be Catholic. It’s not a birthright; it’s a way of life. The life you live and the example you set is an important part of our faith. Let the world see what being a true, authentic Catholic really means.