· Clergy may not have had your experience of the divine
· Holy Spirit experience is poured out on all the Baptized
· Clergy help people in their Baptismal ministry of witnessing.
· We witness by what we say and do in our daily lives
· People need to notice that we have the happiness - love, joy and peace; that they are searching for
· Assumption is that we, ourselves, have “got it” and are able to understand and explain (from our reading of Scripture) what “it” is
· Witnessing is harder now - people are not looking for a Messiah
· Many people have no religious background or serious teaching
· Many have been turned off religion by insensitive witnessing
· Most people do not really “get it”.
· Do not really see who Jesus is
· Do not really understand the supernatural world.
· Have read about it in the Bible – but still do not understand
· Clergy are afraid of offending people and tempted to talk vaguely about “love”, mutual respect, diversity and ‘many paths to God’
· Political correctness has replaced calls to ‘repent and turn to the Lord’
· Preachers are afraid of controversy and avoid talking about sin and the natural consequences of some people not going to heaven
· Peter very simply states the blunt truth – what he had witnessed
· He explains what the audience had done - betrayed Jesus, denied Him, chosen a murderer over Him and crucified Him.
· Peter witnesses to what God had done - Raised Jesus to life
· Peter has their attention - They know they are guilty of murder
· Peter gives them a way out - He acknowledges that they acted in ignorance and invites them to repent, believe and be forgiven
· Peter invites people to make a decision.
· Challenges them to become witnesses – to what they experienced
· Witnesses know, understand - and must be witness.
· Each of us has a unique experience of the Risen Jesus.
· We do not decide to be a witness. We already are a witness.
· Question is - are we going to be a faithful witness - or denyJesus?