WE ARE CALLED TO BE WITNESSING DISCIPLES AND EVANGELIZING APOSTLES
The readings for this weekend remind us of our Divine adoption as God’s children and of our call to preach the Good News of Jesus by bearing witness to God’s love, mercy and salvation as revealed through Jesus. “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.”
In today’s Gospel, the evangelist tells the story of Jesus’ commissioning of the twelve apostles to preach the “Good News” of repentance, forgiveness of sins, liberation and salvation through Jesus. He sends forth his followers to proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom and to bring healing to those who need it most. The Gospel reports the instruction Jesus gave his disciples for their first mission. They should be walking illustrations of God’s love and providence in action. They should preach repentance — a change of heart and a change of action taking people from a self-centered life to a God-centered life.
We, too, have a witnessing mission: We are called to be witnessing disciples and evangelizing apostles. As witnessing disciples, we need to follow Jesus, imitate him, reflect him and radiate him. As apostles, we need to evangelize the world by sharing with others our experience of God and His Son, Jesus, proclaiming the Gospel and the salvation promised by Jesus through our transparent Christian lives and radiating the love, mercy, forgiveness, spirit of humble service and concern of Jesus to the people around us.
Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com.