We Can’t Shy Away

Homily for Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

In our readings for yesterday morning, we heard Jesus inviting His apostles to participate in the greatest mission of Christian discipleship – going out and bringing the message of the Gospel to the world, of calling the world to repentance and conversion. But in yesterday’s Gospel and in today’s the Lord reminds His apostles and disciples that doing that wouldn’t always be an easy task. It usually comes with more than a few challenges. And that is likewise true for our efforts of evangelization today.

Let’s face it, it’s not easy proclaiming the Truth in the world, especially in our day and age. The biggest challenge today is finding a way to engage people about the Gospel when they believe that the only thing that’s true is what they believe to be true. They say things like, “I am living my truth” or “I’m seeking my truth.” Relativism has taken hold of the world.  There are not individual truths; there is one Truth. And His name is Jesus. That’s what we are called to bring to the world.

In order to bring people to an awareness of and an encounter with Jesus, we have to know what our faith teaches and why the Church teaches what she does. We have to allow those teachings to flow from our own unique relationships with the Lord. Only He can lead us there through the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples, and this was the Gospel Acclamation for this morning: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you to all truth and remind you of all I told you.” It is so important for us to listen to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide us in our efforts of evangelizing.

So today, I encourage each of us to dive more deeply into the truths of our faith. If there is an aspect of Church teaching that seems confusing, we can go to the Catechism, find what the Church says about that topic, bring it to prayer and ask the Lord to send the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds. These are necessary steps that will help us change the way our world thinks.

Our voices are needed now more than ever. We have to be those instruments that point others to Jesus and challenge their ways of thinking. Will it be easy? Absolutely not. But we can’t shy away from that mission. The Lord needs us. Will we allow Him to use us to bring others to an encounter with Him?

Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

Published by Fr. Tom Pringle

Priest of the Diocese of Orlando. Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando.

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