I’m in DC attending the annual gathering of the Conference of Catholic Legal Thought. Our schedule includes Mass each day and the celebrant of yesterday afternoon’s was my friend Greg, a Jesuit who teaches at Boston College Law School. In tying together the two readings, he spoke about our “Amen” to God in a way that was very compelling to me.
We say “I believe” in a creator who gives our life meaning; “I believe” in Christ who incarnates God into the world. “I believe…” Our Amen, Greg observed, says simply, but powerfully, “I stake my life on it.” I stake my life on God. I stake my life on God and that orients my life.
I’ve spoken before in various ways about what it means to say we are Christian and the need for our Christianity to be manifest in who we are in the world. We can say “I believe” in a lot of things. Our “Amen” says – those are not just words. Rather, this is the reality on which I stake my life. The reality that completely orients my life.