Scripture Reading: John 20:18
One of the chief marks of a true Christian is the mark of evangelization. The good news and our experience of Jesus is not to be swept under the carpet or to be made personal. It is meant to be shared. The apostles, especially those who were called, having had an encounter with the Lord, went to tell others to come experience Jesus. Jesus is meant for all. No wonder, the Lord commands His disciples before His ascension into heaven to go into the world and proclaim the good news to all men, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Holy Spirit, through the scriptural passage of today, wants us to know that our experience of the gospel must necessarily be shared to all and sundry. In the passage of today, “Mary Magdalene, having seen the Lord, ran to the disciples and told them that she had seen the Lord and related to them what He had told her. (John 20:18) Again, in the gospel of Luke, we have basically three instances in one encounter where we can find the Lord. At the road to Emmaus, Jesus had joined His disciples but they did not recognize Him. Secondly, He broke the Scriptures for them, yet they could not fathom who He was in the Scriptures. And thirdly, it was at the Holy Eucharist that they could recognize Him amongst them. In line with the Gospel of Luke, we encounter Jesus in these three forms: in people that we meet, in the scriptures and in the Eucharist. Mary Magdalene encountered Jesus, she was not going to keep the story within herself to enjoy the privilege of seeing the resurrected Lord. The encounter was worthwhile and very wonderful. She had loved the encounter so much that she wished so much to behold Christ the more. She then related the experience to members of Christ’s faithful. So too, we encounter the resurrected Jesus in Baptism. But we should not keep this wonderful experience to ourselves. Andrew met Jesus; he couldn’t hide the experience. He ran to look for Simon his brother. “At once he found his brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah’. Then he took Simon to Jesus.’ (John 1:41-42) The Scripture says, “…then he took Simon to Jesus”. This is the call to evangelization. The encounter was established, then came the mission; the mission of telling people about Jesus. Philip equally did the same as Andrew. He told Nathaniel about his sight of the Messiah. And Nathaniel followed to encounter such experience. Paul was not ready to keep such encounter to himself. Hence, he said, “And how terrible it would be for me if I did not preach the Gospel (1 Cor. 9:16)
We must take our sighting of Jesus to the ends of the world. People need Jesus somewhere. You can always do this by the life you live. It’s not until you pick the Bible and go around the streets before you can proclaim your sight of Jesus. You can do it through the way you carry out your duties, responsibilities, assignments, projects, etc. The world is longing to have that eternal joy and peace which this world and its glories cannot offer. And that eternal joy and peace is Christ Jesus. Tell someone about Jesus today. Saint Francis of Assisi accounts that, “It is no use walking somewhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” Before we can take Jesus to the ends of the world, we must know that we cannot give what we do not have. We must have seen the Lord, encountered Him and made Him ours. And then, we take Him to the outside of the World. We cannot tell people about Jesus convincingly when we have not been won over to Jesus, whom we claim to have seen. And finally, Archbishop Fulton Sheen says, “The only way to win audiences is to tell people about the life and death of Christ. Every other approach is a waste”. Beloved, one very sure way of sharing Jesus with others is by giving a copy or copies of the Daily Strength Devotional to others; share your experience of Jesus through it to them.
MASS: WHITE Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3; 43:3.4 (R.42:3ab); Accl. Jn 10:14; Jn 10:11-18
1. Praise the Lord for the gift of His ever nourishing Word to humanity.
2. Say to the Lord: “O Lord, I want to experience You like never. Reveal Yourself to me, that they may believe it was You who sent me. May my encounter of You be worthwhile and enriching. (Take seriously)
3. Lord, make my life one with Yours. Make everyone who sees me, see the glory of Your presence in me in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. May every part of me proclaim You to the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
5. Pray against the spirit of distraction.
Exercise: Give copies of DSD to some persons and be prepared to discuss Jesus with them.
Meditation: 1 Peter 1:23