Fr. Damian MacPherson of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor presents Raquel Seara with the second-place certificate from the annual essay contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Photo by Evan Boudreau

Our sacrifices reflect our faith in Jesus

By  Raquel Seara
  • February 5, 2016

The following is the second place finisher by Raquel Seara, a student at Toronto's Loretto College, in the annual essay contest for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by The Catholic Register and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor.

Christians represent a group of people who believe in one ultimate and omnipotent God, through which they follow and live a life by His example. This chosen race has been chosen to spread and proclaim the Word of the Lord, which we have obtained through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is the job of all Christians to be disciples of God and of Jesus Christ, and this is what makes Christians one with God and with each other, for they both have one ultimate goal: to bring non-believers onto the right path to salvation.

They reach these goals in different manners but it is their dedication and devotion that allows them to reach this objective. The Catholic Study Bible: The New American Bible by Donald Senior and John J. Collins explains that the “chosen race” is a “divine election” by God. They have been chosen to spread God’s message and to live in His reflection so they may have eternal life with Him. Christians also prove to be a royal priesthood as their devotion to God demonstrates the fruit of the Christian faith. They represent a faith of virtues through which they nurture others who have yet to grow in the faith of Christianity.

The Bible suggests that Christians are indeed all priests. Rev. 1:5-6 states, “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” Those who are disciples of God are considered members of the holy priesthood. When one lives a Christ-like life by respecting the commandments provided to us by God we too are accepted into this priesthood. The sacrifices and the life we live reflect our love and faith for Christ. There is nothing that doesn’t allow one to be a building block of this “spiritual house” where Jesus Christ and His father are the foundation.

Christians are a holy nation because they are one with God and their brothers and sisters. A holy nation represents a spiritual family that helps lead one another along the correct path, which is following God. Despite some of their differences they all share the same love and devotion for God and His Son, Jesus Christ. A holy nation is one that loves God and loves one another. It is this quality that we find amongst this nation of believers. The Bible reminds all Christians that we must “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). By loving God we are following the Word of the Lord and showing our respect to all of His creation. It’s our duty and obligation to “treat others the way we would like to be treated.” Consequently, as a holy nation we are God’s own people, we are the living stones and the example of God’s eternal love for every one of us. Christians are all followers of the same one and only God.

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