Dan Bies ’18
I am a Gospel in the way the as the disciples see. When leading Kairos 142 the candidates at first are limited by what they wanted to see or what their dim expectations had prepared them to see just like the disciples. I was made a way for them to change the way they look at their lives, I was a tool to encourage them to see the truth and light of God. Jesus was the changing force in the disciples outlook on things. He made them realize that he their lord and their God. Just like me trying to change the candidates outlooks on God and themselves. I do not compare myself to Jesus but in a way I was like a little vessel for him to convince some people during Kairos.
My parents are the same way when teaching me about the world and making me see what I need to see not what I want. In a way I witness Jesus in my parents. Jesus was a teacher and cared for those around him. That explains my parents quiet well in the fact that they teach me and care for me. In the article it says that we are preferred to seeing things that we only want to and a parent can be a big advocate to show that the world should not just be from your view on it but everyone’s view and everyone has a different look on things. You have to take in consideration of others point of view.
Brendan Coghlan ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel for others through my storytelling and through my advice to my peers. I tell stories of my own life that have instances of grace. These stories show others that I have found the light and it gives them the hope and the courage to seek the Lord’s light and eventually become witnesses themselves. Another way I am a witness is through my advice. My experiences of grace throughout my life have helped me spread good advice that also help bring people to the light.
Yes, I have experienced Christ in many people, but the main people I think about when asked this question is the kids in Rutledge, Tennessee from our mission trip. Those kids had a look of pure joy on their faces, and though they live with extreme poverty, you would not be able to tell with how their attitudes were. These kids helped me realize and see the light myself. It was a beautiful moment when I noticed Christ in our presence- no phones, distractions etc.- we were on God’s time and I have used this to influence others and help bring them to the light as well.
Sean Kirchman ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel for others by sharing my stories of grace and actively pointing out where God is present in my life. By witnessing God myself, I am able to help others witness God. As Catholics we believe that all people are created in God’s image. This would suggest that Jesus can be seen in anyone if we look deep enough. Sometimes even the simplest of interactions with others denote grace that comes from acting as Jesus would. One day when I was a little kid, I was standing in line at a Costco trying to buy ice cream. Shorty after I handed my Dad’s money over to the cashier, I was informed that I didn’t have enough money to pay for what I was buying. A tall stranger who I never got a good look at paid for the ice cream. I was shy, confused, and embarrassed, and I only quietly told the woman behind the counter, “That was nice of him,” after it was explained that a man next to me covered the extra cost. I doubt anyone heard what I said, and I wish I had been able to thank that man for helping me out. The man didn’t look for a thank-you, and he didn’t ask me to get his money back from the person I was with. This man acted selflessly, much like Jesus. Although this act was simple, it still models the behavior that a true disciple of Jesus Christ should enact. In witnessing Jesus in the man, I have become more aware of the little things people do for one another that are done in Jesus’s example. I can share this awareness with others.
Joe Kresic ’18
To be a witness to the Gospel for others, you must move someone from a place of unseeing to a place of seeing. This movement is only possible if there is a change within one’s self. I have been a witness to the Gospel for others through Kairos. Kairos is a time to learn about others and yourself. However, it’s also a special time where you can form, strengthen, or rekindle your relationship with God. When I led Kairos, I felt as though I showed the candidates a lot spiritually. This could be from something small, like giving a stern look while someone is talking during prayer. It could also be from something bigger, like teaching the candidates how to live life as Christian leaders. These are two specific ways I have been a witness to the gospel for others. Anyone can listen to Gospel messages and Jesus’ teachings. Usually it goes right over teenager’s heads or they don’t even listen. However, by being a peer and friend to these people, we are able to set an example as to how to live through Jesus, which is a much more effective way of showing someone the path to God and opening their eyes to His glory.
I have indeed had one of these encounters with Jesus. I have always been a religious person, but attending K142 brought me even closer to God. One of these moments with Jesus was during speeches, especially the one involving the seven places we find God. It opened my eyes and showed me that God is everywhere and that all we must do is look for Him.
Donny Roe ’18
I am a witness of the Gospel for others by being a light or inspiration to some people who have heard my witness statements of how God has worked on me. I’m also a result of God’s friendship. I’ve experienced an encounter moment with Jesus when I was on Kairos 143 when people opened up and trusted in one another. It was nice to see God in so many people at once and in one place.
Evan Sullivan ’18
I think I am a witness to the Gospel for others. I try to act out Christ’s teachings as much as I can. Now, I know I can’t carry them out perfectly, but I try to resemble him as much as I can. The golden rule is such an important teaching throughout the Gospel and throughout everyday life. Therefore, I try to instill that in my brain. Before I do something, I think how I would feel if that same person did that to me. I also try and set good examples for my younger siblings and family members when dealing with faith. Persuading them to go to church is a vital lesson they should learn while they’re young.
Encountering Jesus happens almost daily in someone’s life. Though a lot of the times he goes unnoticed, there are some instances where he becomes noticeable. For example, when I was driving in torrential downpour, I lost control of my car and I got into a three car accident. My friend was in the car and neither of us were hurt. My car was pretty dented up, but we had no injuries. Here, I think God was looking out for me. There are instances in everyone’s life where someone encounters Jesus.
Matt Zimecki ’18
I’d consider myself a witness of the gospel for others in the sense that I help inform other of it. I’ve had people ask about certain things about the bible or God in general and i usually help and try to answer their questions. These answer also include the gospel and sometimes pertain to Jesus as well. Now in terms of encounters with jesus i can’t say i have a specific moment i encountered him. I feel that if I look a bit harder into a few past experiences, like kairos or good / bad moments in life, i could see him. It may just be like how the disciples are; in the sense that they cannot see Jesus or do not realize its him until after reflecting on their experience.
Andy Batzel ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel for others because I can spread the love that Jesus preached in the Gospel to those around me through Peer Ministry. Just like the disciples, I have experienced the miracles of Jesus through reading the Gospel and then reciprocating Jesus’ teachings through everyday interactions with those around me. I have had an encounter moment with Jesus, more specifically his grace, after a lady and I walked away from a car accident with no injuries. In general, I’ve seen many faculty at Rice emulating Jesus’ love by leading the way for younger kids by setting examples. I, too, have set an example for future generations of Peer Ministers by trying my best to spread the same love that Jesus spread witnessed by the disciples.
Nick Bowes ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel in the way I treat my friends and family in the same way Jesus once had to all people. To be a witness is to read the gospel and understand its message, then to go out and live a life in accordance with the messages within it. Specifically, my time at Edmund Rice Camp is a great example of how I am a witness to the gospel. As a counselor last summer, I led a younger kid through a week long camp filled with fun activities and spiritual lessons, all the while being friends with him in the process. Being a good mentor to those younger and less fortunate than you is something Jesus preached about all the time in the Gospel, and I believe I am a good witness.
Jesus spoke of the corporal works of mercy – one being “feed the hungry.” During a visit to a low-income apartment complex for the St. Damian food pantry in grammar school, I helped deliver bags of food to a particularly needy middle-aged man. Once he laid eyes on the Thanksgiving turkey we packed, he immediately began to tear up and give me one of the biggest hugs I have ever received. I froze and did not believe that it was happening, but I eventually realized I made that man’s week, and probably his whole month as well. It is moments like those where I realize that Jesus is in all of us, whether He is poor, naked, sick, or hungry. I saw Jesus there, hungry and needy and then overjoyed because I lent out a helping hand.
Cole Geinosky ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel when I wear my cross and my Brother Rice clothes, whether it be my Kairos quarter zip, my uniform, or a water polo shirt. I act manfully in Christ Jesus and try to live by God’s covenant everyday. Obviously I’m not a perfect person, but by going to church and involving myself in Scripture I can try to bring myself and others closer to God. Recently I’ve been trying to get my family and close friends back into their faith, and so far my brother and my mother have definitely deepened their faith.
Yes, I encountered Jesus on a Men’s Retreat I went on about a month ago. Going into the retreat I asked God to show me a sign of what I needed to do to grow closer to him. By the end of the retreat, I literally felt a pulling on my heart toward the altar to repent my old sins and start a new life in God. I realized Jesus in this moment was calling me to no longer be scared and to trust Him, because He has a plan for me.
Josh Boulanger ’18
I encounter Jesus everyday when I see someone doing something out of the kindness of their heart and not for individual advancement. For example, today I dropped my calculator and all the batteries flew out around the hallway. Three kids helped me get the batteries and put them back in the calculator. Even though it was something small and simple it made me feel better and helped me out. I saw the Jesus in those kids.
Jacob Marquez ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel for others in the way I communicate my faith to my friends. I don’t particularly hide my faith, I believe that I have transparent relationships with my friends and they can easily see that I identify as a young man of Catholic faith. One example I would like to refer to is a time when I was hanging out with my friend Alex. Alex received a phone call from his grandmother than her best friend passed away, she was very distraught so he had to calm her down. After that phone call Alex and I got into a serious conversation about life and I told him my thoughts on why we are on this Earth and where we go afterwards. I shared that I believe that God has a plan for us all and my friend took that to heart. This type of conversation was made possibly because I was able to be a witness for Jesus and the Gospel.
In my life, one encounter moment with Jesus within other person would be my experience with the “naked mass” at Kairos. I am grateful that the Kairos retreat afforded us the opportunity to open ourselves up to people. While listening to others true and honest stories I honestly lost track of time. Jesus was there sitting next to us and also in our hearts. This encounter was Jesus was deeply emotional for me. I feel like Jesus supported us and encouraged us to show our true selves.
Luke O’Donnell ’18
To be a witness to the gospel one must feel comfortable with sharing stories and must believe that Christ is a significant part of their lives. I see myself as a witness to the Gospel because I feel comfortable with communicating and sharing past experiences with my peers. Like the disciples, I believe I was chosen to be a leader because I enjoy sharing what I learned every sunday at mass. For example, on the day I read my story of Grace to my peers, I believe I was sharing a past experience with Christ. A few weeks after my Uncle Tom died, I experienced Christ in an encounter with my aunt and my sister. My sister was only an infant at the time, and she claimed that she saw my uncle making gestures when nothing was in front of us. This was an experience with Christ because Christ was giving me a signal that my uncle is in a better place and he is feeling wonderful. Similar to the disciples encounters with Christ, I experienced the presence of Christ with the coincidence that had occurred. I also experience Christ in encounters with my Uncle Dennis because he convinces me to strengthen my faith with God.
Ryan Palmblad ’18
I am a witness to the Gospel by fulfilling what the Gospel really means. The priest gives a homily for a reason. Through the homily, most priests give direct examples of how you can grow as a person and interpret the Gospel through your actions in your life. I think that the Gospel is important, but I think that the homily is what really matters. Every Gospel has a message, but if the message cannot be understood vividly, then there is no point. Living the Gospel through your life and actions show that you are a witness to the Gospel.
Unfortunately, I have not experienced Christ in an encounter with someone. Well.. maybe I have, I just didn’t look for it or realize it. I think that to truly encounter Jesus through someone, it has to be the right feeling and the right person. What people who have not encountered Jesus really have to do is to become more open-minded and find a lot more positivity in others. They have to envision the best out of everyone they meet. People also have to give others chances and become more outgoing.