To give you an idea how defective my own personal religious development was, I didn’t know until just a few years ago about John 3:16. What about it, you ask (like me)? Well, according to my former parish priest, and a meditation in the periodical, “Living with Christ,” John 3:16 is the most recognized verse in the Bible. You don’t recognize it either, huh?
“ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God….”
That beautiful verse encapsulates the essentials of Christianity. God loves us. Jesus is the path to an eternal life. If we believe that, we will not be condemned. Pretty straightforward and simple. Faith is like that and the more we try to pile onto it, the easier it is to lose track of the basics. You, God, Jesus, love, eternity.
Delve more deeply into our wonderful faith and our faith history as much as you want. Read, study, listen to Gospel music. Attend masses, rites, lectures and revivals. Catholicism is the ultimate feast and we have an invitation to sit at the table. Dive in. But remember that you can be just as faithful, just as fulfilled, with the bare essentials of Catholicism. God isn’t looking for the best informed Christians; He’s looking for faithful ones.