This homily reflection is based on a homily from a parish in the Archdiocese of Glasgow this weekend:
My personal feeling is that the principal theme of the homily was to encourage the congregation to be more courageous when faced with questions and ridicule about their faith.
We were told that, when faced with people questioning our faith and asking why we believe in certain things, such as God and the Eucharist, we should see these situations as a real opportunity. That is, a real opportunity to be open and honest about our faith; an opportunity to be open and honest about what attracts us to our faith. What are the things we see as being important to us in our faith?
We should be careful not to be too defensive. Rather, we should be positive about our faith; after all, it's a very positive thing! It gives us the promise of eternal life!
Perhaps it would be an idea for each one of us, the next time we are confronted or asked about our faith, to use it as an opportunity to just tell people what our faith means to us; what it does for us. The Holy Spirit will guide us in all that we say.