Called to Spread the Good News
Since the news of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have heard in our liturgies the story of how the disciples of Jesus were sent out to spread the Good News to the world. This task began simply; one person or one small group at a time. There was no social media, television, radio or even a newspaper to let large masses of people know the truth of the Risen Lord. No, the disciples had to walk door to door, person to person, synagogue to synagogue, town to town.
In so many ways this was exhausting work. We are called to the same today, however, our world is aware of Christianity; of the death and Resurrection of Jesus, and yet so many still need to be invited to share in that reality. We are disciples, made so at our baptism. We are called to go out into our world in a time and place
God chose for each of us. We were born into a world that is mobile and connected socially. If we desire, we have the ability to go just about anywhere in the world to share the Good News. The reality is that only some of us will do so in the way of mission work in remote parts of the world.
Nonetheless, it is a possibility for us.
I dare to say that many of us will not partake in mission work of that kind and yet we, too, are called and can respond sharing the Good News of Jesus. We do not need an elaborate plan or a well-planned itinerary. No, we can simply live as Christians and tell of the Risen Lord through our actions and interactions with others. After all, what is the Good News? The Good News is that God sent his own Son to walk with us, to teach us to love one another and he died on a cross to pay the debt for our sin, for the sin of humanity. He did not die just for the people who have lived or are living; he died for all humanity, for all people of all time! And the goodness of the news we are to share is that he rose from the dead conquering sin and its power of destruction. We are saved by his actions. Every person is saved by his actions. That is the news we need to share! Let us share that in the way we live with one another. Let us show our love and concern for our family and for our neighbor throughout the world. Let us love all of God’s people. That is what Jesus taught us in the “Law: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.” Every person of this world is a beloved child of God. Every person in this world is made in the image and likeness of God. Every person deserves the utmost respect and love and we are called as disciples of Christ to help them to know that and to assist them in living in such a way that the world will be made better by their love; by our love.
So how will I meet the stranger (my neighbor) at the gas station or how will I greet the stranger (my neighbor) I meet at the doctor’s office or at my child’s school. How will I welcome a new staff member at work or a new student in my class? Will I meet them and treat them as the blessed and beautiful person they are or will I get in the way of that with my prejudice or even my fear? I urge you, reach out to and love all of God’s people. Trust that in doing so Jesus is with you, guiding, leading, teaching and supporting you. And while you are at it, enjoy! Spread the JOY of the Risen Christ!
In shared faith,