|Pictured: Pre-Internet Fascism.|
|Please, don't let that be true.|
So this is the situation in which we find ourselves today: people with something to say are silent, and people with nothing to say are shouting their nothing from the rooftops. The question must be asked, then: do we have something to say? Something true, something real, something of substance? If we are Christians, the answer is yes- but we aren't saying it.
Jesus is the divine Logos, the Word made flesh. The words that Jesus spoke were indeed powerful. "Never before has anyone spoken like this one." (John 7:46) The disciples on the road to Emmaus recounted how their hearts burned as He spoke and unlocked the Scriptures for them. (cf Luke 24:32) More important than the words He spoke, though, is the Word that He is. Jesus is the Eternal Word of the Father. Mere words can communicate ideas and thoughts; the Word communicates God Himself. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
Which brings me back to the topic of what we should be saying. It is not enough to simply talk about Jesus. Many people do that, but it fails to communicate His love. We need to speak Jesus Himself. We need to be so united to Him in our minds and in our hearts that He is upon our lips. The Word is infinitely more effective than our words. "Indeed, the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword." (Heb 4:12)
This might sound a bit vague- how can we truly communicate Jesus? We must conform ourselves to Him. We do this through prayer, study of the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and all the innumerable ways He has given us to better know His love. We need to fall in love with Him, and allow ourselves to be loved by Him. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was a great example- this diminutive woman would stir hearts to love and to action not because of the eloquence of her words but because the Jesus that she loved with all her heart was communicated through what she said and did.
One last thought on this- Jesus is the Lamb of God, and as He was lead to the slaughter He opened not His mouth. (Is. 53:7) However, Jesus is also the Lion of Judah. Sometimes, we need to let Him roar. I think now might be one of those times.