Our faith in the salvation which the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ offers mankind also imposes on us a grave responsibility to tell others about it. If we really believe what we say we believe, then we should want to shout it from the rooftops. The desire to tell others the truth about Christ the Redeemer should motivate us every day, whatever our state in life, whatever our role in the Church.
As we pass through the crowds of people on the streets, we do well to remember that we are rubbing shoulders with a race of immortals; uniquely privileged creatures made in the image of God, immortal beings for whom Christ shed His Precious Blood. All human beings are created by God to fulfil a glorious destiny – to be crowned in heaven with an eternal diadem of unimaginable splendour. That salvation and its crowning are made possible only by the redemption Christ won for us on Calvary with the shedding of His Precious Blood. Of that Blood, one single drop would have been sufficient to ransom all possible worlds from all possible effects of all possible sins.
The majority of the people we see rushing around our cities are not on their way to or from Mass. This should increase our zeal for the salvation of souls. Those innumerable un-evangelized souls we encounter on the streets have so much to offer God’s people. But how will they come to believe in Christ’s Gospel if nobody ever tells them the plain truth of the matter? How will they come to understand their true destiny if nobody ever tells them the real Gospel facts of life? How will they come to love and worship the one true God if we who claim to know Him persist in our complicity of silence concerning all the erroneous ideas about Him that are peddled so widely in the name of ‘religion’.
Complicity with error will win us no crowns at the Judgement. It will not be sufficient to say “Lord, Lord, I spoke up against something we called extremism”. He expects far more from His apostles and disciples than that. We shall have to give Him an account of how often we spoke up for His Truth; how often we spoke up honestly, explicitly, and publicly, for the Truth revealed to us in Jesus of Nazareth, the Redeemer, the Saviour, the Messiah.