Let Us Analyze This

"For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Gospel ­ not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." Paul (I Corinthians, 1:17)

Generally speaking, while we are incarnates, we take great pride in attracting as many people as possible to our way of thinking.

Invariably we are good speakers and eminently subtle in presenting reasoning that overwhelms the point of view of those that cannot comprehend the immediacy of the struggle.

On our first small triumph, we become wearisome researching holy books, not in order to acquire a more vast illumination, but rather, with the objective of investigating the writings of the Divine Scriptures, seeking to accentuate the vulnerable affirmations of our opponents.

If we are Roman Catholics, we insist that our friends go to mass and take the sacraments; if we are adepts of the reformed churches, we insist on their appearance at the external worship; and if we are spiritists, we seek to multiply the number of spiritist sessions we have with the invisible plane.

This effort is not less commendable in some of its characteristics; however, it is imperative to remember that the student of the Gospel, who sincerely tries to understand the Christ, feels invigorated in his intimate conduct.

When Jesus penetrates the heart of an individual, He converts him into a living testimony of righteousness, and directs him to evangelize his brothers, with his own life. When an individual finds Jesus, he does not stop short, purely and simply pronouncing brilliant words; rather, he lives in accordance with the Master, exemplifying the work and the love that illuminate life, so that the glory of the cross shall not be in vain.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 138.