Saturday, April 5, 2014

Did Someone Make Fish for Dinner?

What better way than to celebrate Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year with taking a selfie with Pope Francis?

The evening was definitely a fishy scavenger hunt as the Jesus Fish led us around Newman House. Our activity brought out both the crazy and creative sides of our members as we embarked on a journey to find Pope Francis and Father Raymond and take selfies with them. Taking awkward family pictures, and showing crazy facial expressions on a roller coaster were just some of the highlights of the photo scavenger hunt. Let’s not forget about the photo in a photo in a photo in a photo in a photo…? Photoception.

The scavenger hunt reminded us about the persecution of Christians in the early Church. Early Christians used the Jesus Fish, Ichthys, as a secret symbol of Christianity. This Greek word is an acronym that translates directly into English as “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour”. A series of the fish symbols were used to point Christians toward underground Churches when they were illegal in the early Church.

We looked at the persecution of Christians and of the Holy Catholic Church, which is still very evident in our world today. We also reflected on the persecution and struggles we face as Christians and as messengers of Christ in our growingly secular society. Our discussion brought up excellent strategies that may make our duty as Christians much easier: expanding our personal knowledge on the faith, spreading the Good News together in groups such as QCCC, and most importantly through prayer.

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). With this very teaching Jesus leaves us, let us now go out and be fishers of men!