Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Call to Evangelize--Daily Mass Homily: Thursday, April 17th, 2013

           Our first reading holds a special place in my heart, as my class chose this passage to be read at our ordination to the diaconate. 
            The heart of this passage is the most basic summary of evangelism—to spread the Gospel and bring people to the sacraments, especially Baptism.  As a deacon and now as a priest, I take great joy in the gift to preach and baptize in ministry, following the ranks of men like Philipp.
            While deacons and priests have an official call to preach and baptize, the call to evangelize is not limited to the ordained.  In fact, the documents of the Second Vatican Council make clear that it is your job as the laity to evangelize the world.
            We praise God for the gift of being converted by the Gospel and being brought into God’s family through Baptism.  We also pray for the strength and wisdom needed to preach the Gospel at all times.

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