Posted by: livingscripture | May 19, 2014

Fifth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

We are of the same nature as you, human beings.  We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God.”

 (Acts 14: 15)      

 

How should we live this Wordpeter preaching 2

This passage is inserted in a page that is somewhat dramatic with a veneer of comic-tragedy, a bit like life itself!  Barnabas and Paul are deeply and powerfully involved in evangelizing.  They are persecuted but do not abandon their task.  Rather, they ardently seek new paths to avoid those who persecute them and at the same time, evangelize other people.  The Lord acts, not only through them, but also with the help of those who have the faith.  It happens that a man, lame from birth, finds Paul looking at him intently.  As soon as the command “Stand up straight on your feet” reaches him, the man is cured.  Awe spreads among the people who are staunch pagans.  They believe the miracle has come through the work of Zeus under appearance of Barnabas and of Hermes under the appearance of Paul.  Their enthusiasm is roused to the point that the pagan priest prepares bulls and lambs to offer a great sacrifice in their honor.

What most persuades us is the immediate position taken by Paul and Barnabas.  They not only cry out their identity as human beings just like the people who had thought them to be gods, but they grab the opportunity to announce  the true God as the true benefactor of all humans.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will see in this scene, how there are always opportunities to evangelize in the activities of everyday life if I am living in God’s Presence and relying on God’s help. 

Lord, teach me Your ways that I may know how to evangelize today without expecting some extraordinary occasion. 

The voice of John Paul II 

The Church’s mission of evangelization embraces an energetic and sustained action in favour of justice, of peace, of integral human development.  Not accomplishing these tasks would mean to diminish the work of evangelization.  It would be betraying the example of Jesus who came ‘to announce the good news to the poor’ (Luke 4:18).  In reality, it would be to refuse the consequences of the Incarnation through which ‘the Word became flesh’ (John 1: 14).

 


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