The Great Evangelist
Second Thursday of Lent
“I have made you a light for the nations so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth” – Isaiah 49:6/Acts 13:47
Everything in today’s three scripture readings and psalm, and the fact that it is feast of a great evangelist, St Patrick, is pointing to our important and non-negotiable role as Christians to share the Gospel.
At different times, we can grow tepid in our desire to evangelise, confused as to how to best spread the love of God or discouraged in our witness to the Gospel in some way.
Today there’s a call on us to discern the voice of God in our lives and how he is calling us to “go out to all the world and tell the Good News”.
For some of us, God will be calling us to move together as a community to evangelise, through events like Light to the Nations or other outreaches. For others, God is placing a prompting on your heart to disciple one person, or a few people, walking with them on the journey of faith in some way. Others will discover that their witness of being God’s love to family, colleagues or friends is the way that Jesus is moving them to share the Gospel in our times.
Whatever God is speaking to you, my challenge is to turn that into one, simple and concrete action today: lean into the upcoming Easter events by inviting someone to Lights or support our evangelising efforts by joining the team as a volunteer. Pray about who the Lord is calling you to walk with on the Christian journey and send a message of encouragement to them today. Reach out with one extra act of love to your family, colleagues or friends today and pray that God will minister his love to them.
If you find yourself lacking in zeal, pray with the scriptures from today and bring your situation to the Lord to hear his voice and do his will.
Lord Jesus, your desire is to draw all of humanity into your love. Help me to know your love and be generous in sharing it today. Amen.
Bernadette Toohey MGL
1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-9
2nd Reading: Acts 13:46-49
Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20