In the world, but not of the world

One of the joys of being a Catholic is Catholic culture.  For just about any major issue, there’s been a lot (often centuries) of Catholic thought and thousands of pages written.  Catholic art and music?  Over a 1,000 years of it (and good luck finding a style it hasn’t been done in).  With churches, schools, universities, hospitals, shelters, food pantries, etc., it’s hard to find a place that there isn’t a Catholic version of. 

There’s even a Catholic Disneyland (the Vatican).  You just have to go.  The Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls has the most awesomest communion line ever! 

Because it is so amazing, one of the risks of being a Catholic is never stepping outside of Catholic culture.  But Jesus calls each of us to do just that.  We are meant to be nurtured by the Church, but we are also called to step outside - to be in the world, but not of the world.  

Sunday’s readings give us an idea of how this works.  More on this tomorrow. 

Sunday’s Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101914.cfm