Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Evangelize: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

            As the new school year began I had my first evening Mass at St. Scholastica last night.  While there I met a woman from Zimbabwe named Evangelista and was reaffirmed in my love for African names.  Each time this young woman hears her name she is reminded of our most basic task as Christians—to spread the Gospel.
            This is what Jesus came to do.  In Capernaum the people held onto him having seen his miracles and heard his teachings.  Yet Jesus told them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent…”
            We see a successful evangelist in St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians as well.  We don’t know much about this man—Epaphras—but we do know he was crucial in the building of the Church in Colossae: “Just as in the whole world [the Gospel] is bearing fruit and growing, so also among you, from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth, as you learned it from Epaphras…”
            In the final weeks of summer we saw evangelism take place here at St. John's, though many of you were probably unaware of it happening.  Remember the four or five high school students who came to daily Mass?  One of them had never been to Mass before, and thanks to one of our kids invitation she began coming!  That is evangelism.
            Today we pray for the grace to be prepared to spread the Gospel.  May God give us opportunities to witness to Him in our words and actions.

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