A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
Sharing the Good News
August 25, 2017
Here is a question for you that each and every Catholic needs to know: What is the mission of the Catholic Church? Think about it for a moment and know that it can be answered in its fullness in one sentence. “To take the Good News of the Risen Jesus Christ to the world.”
That’s it! Simple, right? It may be simple to speak; it is another thing for us as Catholics to live it, to engage in it.
However, that is what we are called to do by our baptism for in baptism we become one with Jesus Christ and his mission of salvation becomes our task in this world. So how are you doing with that simple, yet challenging task?
I do not ask that question to put you on the spot or for you to be hard on yourself. What I prefer to do is commend you for what you do each and every day to share the love of Jesus Christ in this world. God provides us ample opportunity to share the goodness of Jesus Christ with others for it was Jesus who taught us to love and to care for one another. He gave us the Greatest Commandment: “Love God with your whole heart and soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” Whether you live alone or with a large extended family, whether you are young or old, working, in school or retired matters not, you still have opportunity daily to model for the world the love of Christ in the way you speak to others, greet others, share a smile, open a door, share conversation or stand in solidarity with good against evil. Even complete strangers provide for us an opportunity to share the person of Jesus Christ with others. Those who do not know Jesus are gifted with the reflection of him in our words and actions, or attitudes and concern for all people of our world. Much of what I am speaking of is something we do often without even thinking about it; we treat others with love because God first loved us.
As we mature in life and in the development of our faith we realize that we are also called to concrete and deliberate efforts to help others to know Jesus. We teach our children, in our family and in our parish, we may be an active member of the Social Concerns group or be committed to the Pro-life movement and in doing so may be given the opportunity to bring others to know Jesus and his Church.
Sometimes the deliberate work we do in proclaiming Jesus is experienced in our homes within our own families. Many parishioners and I might add community members are concerned about the diminishing number of people who are committed to weekly attendance at Mass. As we pray for our children or siblings or even our parents who no longer believe it necessary to attend Mass EVERY Sunday and Holy Day, let us ask God to help us to identify a good time
and place to have conversation with our loved ones and friends. Let us also pray for the strength to forgo judgement of one another that we might speak honestly and openly about the gift of our faith. It is always preferable to speak of the joy of practicing the faith rather than scolding or putting someone down for not “doing as you do”. Let us
reach out to one another as Jesus, with love, inviting and welcoming God’s people in such a way that they will realize the Good News of the Risen Christ by the love and care we have shown them.
If you or anyone you know would like to renew your commitment to the Catholic Church or are interested in inquiring about or becoming Catholic, please call me. I look forward to the opportunity to share the Good News with you.