“Make disciples from all nations”. Jesus sent his disciples to evangelize the world. Following the examples of Jewish teachers of his time, he gathered around him a group of disciples who lived with him. The teacher knew his disciples and the disciples knew the teacher by sharing everyday. The same holds true today: evangelization implies interpersonal sharing.
To evangelize means to help someone ponder on his former experiences until he can recognize in the person of Christ, in his death and resurrection, the truth that lights up his own life. That was what Jesus did with the apostles, showing them all the past experiences of their race, foretold his death and resurrection.
Today’s gospel tells us that what the Church of today does reveals to people the meaning of this world and its tensions; only Christ reveals to us the way towards reconciliation. Only she feels obliged to remain united around the successors of the apostles the bishops. This unity and continuity are at times hard to maintain. But obedience to the will of the Father is the means by which he purifies and strengthens our faith. Christ, God and Lord, is with her in the painful and fruitful experiences that he wants her to go through. As a pilgrim Church she moves from century to century till the end of time.
Jesus reveals the face of God, the Father, compassionate and merciful and with the sending of the Holy Spirit, he makes known the mystery of love which is the Trinity. The Holy Trinity is the source and model of our life and actualizations.
How do you see the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in you?
Do you mirror the communion of love in your relationship with your brothers and sisters?
Father Almighty, open our eyes that we may see you in people we meet everyday. Open our hearts that we may welcome you always in our hearts. Send us your Spirit that we may be worthy in responding to your call – in our relationship with our brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.