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Responding to God's Invitation to Share the Good News

I love you and I am inviting you to share the Good News, love God

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for creating us to share in Your own life now and for all of eternity. Thank You for sending us Your Son as Redeemer and example of yourself giving love. Thank you for revealing this Good News!

Jesus, we give you thanks for your mission of love and mercy. Thank you for calling us to share this mission with all people so that this Good News may be proclaimed at every time and in every place. We give thanks for giving us your Spirit so that we have the power to share this Good News with our family, friends and neighbors.

Most Holy Spirit, we give you thanks for equipping us with ardor for our mission. Thank you for giving us your gifts to share the Good News, not only in words, but in all that we are. Blessed Trinity, help us to respond joyfully to your invitation to share your unconditional love with all we meet.

We proclaim that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, forever and ever. Amen

Questions for Reflection:

How can I share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others?

Am I available to share the Good News?

What would I tell others about Jesus Christ?

 Thoughts for Reflection: 

"Jesus said to them . . . As the Father has sent me, 
so I send you.” (John 20:21)

"The Advocate, the holy Spirit . . . will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. (John 14:26)

"For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.” (Luke 12:12)

"It is through an unbroken chain of witnesses that we come to see the face of Jesus. But how is this possible? . . . Persons always live in relationship." (Pope Francis)

"Without witnesses there can be no witness, just as without missionaries there can be no missionary activity. Jesus chooses and sends people forth to be his witnesses . . . so that they may share in His mission and continue in His saving work." (Pope St. John Paul II)

Respond to God’s Invitation to Share the Good News

Jesus is alive! He is in you, He is with you and He never abandons you. Where ever you wander, He is there. Jesus is Risen and He invites us to share in the new life of Resurrection.

Three truths fill our lives. First: God loves you. Second: Jesus, out of that love, sacrificed himself completely to save you. Third: Christ is alive! He fills us with love and grace, liberates and transforms us, heals and consoles us. Because He lives, there is no doubt that goodness will have the upper hand in your life and that all our struggles will prove worthwhile. We will rise again to live with God forever! This is Good News!

Responding to God’s loving invitation to share the Good News is far easier than you may think. It is sharing what you know, what you have experienced.  It is not speeches, theology, or debate.  Simply, show others that God loves you and how that love has affected  your life.

Actions speak louder than words. When people see God’s love manifest in our behavior, they want to become a part of that, they want more.

You are where you are for a reason. Your words and your deeds plant seeds that God uses as a means to an end.  Your sphere of influence is no accident. God hand-picked your neighbors, family, coworkers, friends, and even random strangers at the supermarket. All these people need to “hear” the Good News.

Sharing God’s love is accomplished through simple acts of kindness and hospitality; by unconditionally loving others.  First, and most importantly, build a relationship. Then share your life. Listen. Ask questions. Listen. Actively share how God has worked in your life, helped you, and changed you. Just be available and willing to share your story when someone wants to know. Simply display how the hand of a loving Father has been present in your life.  There is no one–size–fits–all formula for sharing the Gospel.  All we need to do is plant the seed, God softens and transforms the heart.

Resources:

Read “The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium” by Pope Francis

Read “7 Catholic Evangelists Share Tips on Spreading the Faith

 Watch Bishop Robert Barron’s "Effective Evangelization"