Modern-day Catholics are called upon to be witnesses for Christ in the same way that the apostles were called upon to do so during their time. Witnessing for Christ is essentially about providing credibility to His existence through our personal experiences. People who have seen Jesus during His life on earth shared their personal accounts as we now read it in the Bible specifically in the New Testament. At least one book (John) is believed to be authored by a person who belonged to the inner circle of Christ. The rest of the books were written by followers of a later time.
In this time and age where Jesus Christ is no longer physically with us, how are we as Catholics expected to witness for Him? One of the critical components of our faith is the capacity to believe even without actually seeing Christ in front of us. This does not constitute a blind faith since a practicing Catholic believer will be able to acknowledge the existence of Christ in his life through his or her personal experiences.
Catholics believe that Christ’s mission on earth culminated in His Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Christ’s second coming is not to be feared but rather anticipated because it is part of God’s promise of salvation to mankind. Before that time comes, followers are expected to share in the responsibility of sharing God’s message to others.
Witnesses are seen as credible if they themselves have actual knowledge of something by being in a specific place and time where an incident happens. When Jesus passed on the ministry to Peter who eventually became recognized as the first Pope, He likewise passed on the responsibility of spreading the Word of God and this was done through the institution of the Church. Peter and others who have come before have witnessed for Christ in their own capacities. Catholics of today are enjoined to do their part not by sharing just any other story but by making known miracles in various forms that will support the belief that Jesus Christ is very much alive in today’s time. By witnessing for Christ, we are able to extend the benefit of being with Jesus to others who are still searching for Him.