Thomas Griffin 12/2/20
“The Living: A Relentless Hope” – Ascension Press (12/2/20)
Excerpt: “The Christians of the first century often referred to themselves as followers of “the Way.” They also called themselves “the Living.” The idea was analogous to the saying, “Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.” Among the social classes and religions of the day, Christians had a relentless, living hope that could never be stripped away.
What makes this name—“the Living”—incomprehensible, even ludicrous, to non-Christians was the fact that the early Church was so greatly persecuted. Despite the emotional, psychological, and physical threats they faced, their joy never ceased, and their hope could never be destroyed. While the world around them was consumed in materialistic ways and pleasure-driven lives, the early Christians hung on to Jesus’ redemptive love and personal contact with each of them through the power of the Holy Spirit. They were truly alive while others laughed at them and hung on to the world.”
Thomas Griffin teaches Apologetics in the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife and son. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy. He writes for several Catholic media outlets.
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