Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Daily - 10/1/08

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Evangelization can take many forms. For some it is actively pursuing and teaching, for others, it is having such faith and peace that people look at you and say, "I want to be like that guy."

I personally believe that there is a great need for evangelization within the Catholic Church, and even with people who regularly attend mass and are active in the parish activities. Somewhere along the way we’ve gotten to a world where it’s frowned upon to speak frankly about faith, even with our own fellow parishioners. There are so many people who remain in spiritual infancy well into our adulthood.

The good news is that there is a great deal of spiritual hunger out there. I think it’s extremely important for Catholics (and everyone else) to see their fellow other parishioners living an open life of faith, and to be completely comfortable in discussing that life with others. Those who are spiritually hungry will take notice, and eventually respond to that. We don’t need to go to far away places to be missionaries – we can do it right here in Cottleville.