Like the Apostles, we too have a witnessing mission. Each Christian is called not only to be a disciple but to also be an apostle. As disciples, we must follow and imitate Jesus. As apostles, we have to evangelize the world. We are called to share with others not just words, ideas or doctrines but our experience of God and His Son, Jesus.
Like the apostles, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Teresa of Calcutta, we are all chosen and sent to proclaim the Gospel through our living. It is through our transparent Christian lives that we show in our own actions the love, mercy and concern of Jesus for the people around us.
An important part of evangelism is the simple act of inviting a friend or family member to join us in worship. This is where reconciliation between persons and God is most likely to take place. A simple invitation offered out of a loving and joyful heart is the most powerful evangelistic message of all.
We also have a liberating mission. Although many people don’t believe in real demonic possession in our age, there are many demons which can control the lives of people around us. There are the demons of nicotine, alcohol, gambling, pornography and promiscuous sex, materialism and consumerism, or other activity which take control of people’s lives and become an addiction.
We need the help of Jesus to liberate us and others from these things. He wants us to be his instruments of liberation, to help others recover their freedom. We are meant to help people to cure their sicknesses – not only the bodily sicknesses but psychological and emotional illnesses. As a family member, a friend, a colleague, an evangelizer, when we work with Jesus, we can truly have a healing influence.
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“Let us patiently bear the contradictions and repugnances we encounter in the discharge of duty, since our actions are thereby rendered more agreeable to God.” – St. Louise de Marillac – Teach me, Lord, the discipline of patience, which I find harder than work. Maybe then, in the quietness of reflection I will begin to Read more →
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