Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to
them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the
Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will
be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my
name they will drive out demons, they will speak new
languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will
not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I
renew my faith in the power of your word.
I come to you today to listen to you and
allow you to lead me. I renew my trust
in your mercy: You are constantly looking upon me and
the world with love. I want to love you
in return and lead others to love you.
Fill me with the power of your good news, Lord.
The World Needs Messengers of Hope: Jesus Christ
is the message that everyone vitally needs. He is God’s
message to man, the message that tells people that
God loves them deeply and offers them a way to
true life and salvation. Our world often looks for
love in the wrong places; it needs to find
the answer to its deepest desires in Christ. But who
will spread this message? Those like St. Paul who
take Christ’s love seriously and see that they, too,
can become messengers of hope. Am I meant to be
a messenger of hope?
2. God Acts Powerfully in Those
Who Trust Him: St. Paul is an example of
what God can do through someone who trusts in him.
St. Paul valued the grace Christ gave him. He
put his life totally in the hands of Christ
and was not afraid to proclaim him to everyone he
met. Even though Paul faced many difficulties, his work
produced enormous fruit and helped extend the number of
Christian communities. Do I believe that Christ can work through
me as I participate in the New Evangelization? In
what ways can I trust him more?
3. Our Opportunity
Is Now: St. Paul and the first apostles did
not wait until all the circumstances were right before
beginning evangelization. Once Christ had touched their lives and once
he had given them the command to begin, they
began right away. The Church has asked us to
begin again today. Like St. Paul, we must feel that
the fire of Christ’s love impels us (cf. 2
Corinthians 5:14). We cannot wait until the circumstances are
favorable; we must do whatever we can now. We have
already experienced Christ’s love. Why are we waiting to
share it? What holds me back from a greater
surrender to the work of evangelization?
with Christ: Lord, like Saint Paul I have been
touched by your love, and I have heard your command
to go out and spread the good news. I
renew my trust in your companionship, and I resolve to
do all I can to bring your Gospel to
others. Help me to keep my eyes on you.
Resolution: Today I will share a thought from the Gospel
or from the Holy Father’s teaching with at least
two people whom I encounter.