Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter

Saint Paul travelled from town to town and even from country to country in order to preach the Good News.   He didn’t journey like a tourist though; there was hard work involved and sleepless nights, with no place to call home.  Nor was the reaction of the people always favourable.  In many ways Saint Paul fulfilled the words of Our Lord in the Gospel today: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.”

We have faith today because of Saint Paul and others like him.  For two thousand years earnest Catholics have generously responded to the call to be missionaries.

By its very nature the Church is missionary.  That’s why it is so important that we respond to missionary appeals both through our prayer and our financial contributions.  Such an act is an act of gratitude for our own faith.  But there’s more.  Each of us is called to be a witness to faith in Jesus Christ by word and example.  Faith isn’t a possession to be hoarded; rather it is a gift to be shared freely.  And God calls us to show our faith by the goodness of our lives and especially in the love and concern we show for others.  Strengthened by the nourishment of the Eucharist, we should never hesitate to invite others to accept the gift of faith, because each one of us, in our own way, is called to be a missionary.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close