Evangelism

Bearing Christ’s Burden – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Bearing Christ’s Burden – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

…in this, of course, we begin to see echoes of the cross where, in fact, the one who was the Good Shepherd bore on his shoulders every sin by which his flock had been lost and isolated from him, so that they might be restored to him. But if we do not also see our own stake in the care for the rest of the flock—especially those that are loss—and our own call to bear that burden with him, then we have missed the point of the parable entirely. This parable is not just about God’s love for sinners and the lost, but also about our call to care for, love, seek out and even bear the burden of helping those who are lost be restored the community for which they were made: they community that is founded and fed on the love and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

Not Ashamed – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

“As followers of Jesus we are called to live before one audience, the audience of One…There is only one voice that matters for us – the voice of God, and not the voice of the people or the voice of the times. And certainly not the warm embrace of popularity, the soft whisper of our own desires for comfort, the siren lure of being ‘on the right side of history’, or the mean faces of the bullying activists and the social media mob. Equally, there is only one judgment that matters and one word of approval that counts in the end: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

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Called to Prepare His Ways – First Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

Called to Prepare His Ways – First Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

“…though his ministry was unique and unrepeatable in salvation history, St John the Baptist is also a type for each and every Christian in our relationship with those who do not know or follow Jesus yet. Like John, we are to prepare the way for Him to come and for them to receive Him by helping to remove barriers and obstacles to other’s belief so that they might be open when He comes to invite them to follow. We do this primarily through representing Him with “gentleness and reverence” (I Peter 3:15) in our interactions with others and by demonstrating God’s love in tangible ways with each and every person that we meet. We are to point to Christ and not ourselves, and to always being ready, when asked, “to give a reason for the hope that is in [us]”. (Again, I Peter 3:15)”

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Pointing to Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pointing to Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the nature of our apostolate as witnesses: we can only introduce someone to a person we already know. Our ability to draw others into Christ depends entirely on our own connection with Him. The humility that John possesses in his discipleship (always pointing to Christ, never to himself) was what ultimately enabled him to turn these two disciples of his away from following himself and towards Christ. This insight is very much central to this Gospel, our lives and the apostolate of John the Baptist. William Barclay says of John the Baptist bringing followers to Christ, “John never had any other thought than to send men to him” (Barclay Jn 1:35) We should not either.

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Heralds of Good News – First Reading in Preparation of the Second Sunday in Advent

Heralds of Good News – First Reading in Preparation of the Second Sunday in Advent

It is not just John the Baptist who is commissioned to prepare the way of the Lord; every Christian is meant to be one who joyously announces His coming and the difference it makes. The job of some Christians is to contend for the gospel in the public arena and convince others of its truth. The job of all Christians is to witness, to announce with joy the good news of Jesus. Not out of pride or arrogance, but out of humility and hope. As the former president of the World Council of Churches said once, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”

Jesus said. “I am the bread of life” and we who have found him should be thrilled to share him.

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A Life Like Lightning – Second Reading for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Life Like Lightning – Second Reading for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nothing can excuse us from sharing our faith verbally. A silent witness is simply insufficient…But who will listen to one who speaks without a life to back it up? No one. We are tired of empty words. But if we put behind our words a life of love, sincerity and integrity, who will not listen? Who is not looking for truth and authenticity?

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