Grace to you!
Evangelization is bearing witness to Christ. To evangelize isn't merely a linear process. There is a whole lot of communication going on. It could be through words, actions, and gestures between persons invigorated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The nonverbal dimensions matter too. It is living in such a way that the grace of Christ which we have received, reveals itself. Anyone around us begins to know Christ by knowing us. They see Christ living in us. It is the revelation of Christ by the power of his grace through us; sometimes, in ways, we know not.
Jesus of Nazareth showed us how to bear witness to God. It came through his words and actions, including great acts of miracles. For instance, in the gospel of Mark 9, the healing of a boy with mute spirit, whom the disciples couldn't cure, was a sign to draw people to believe in him as the Christ. With the Lord, and all who believe in him, "All things are possible" (Mark 9:23).
Parts of the requirements in the daily act of evangelization are faith, prayer, and fasting. It isn't just like a race we run smoking a cigarette or sipping tea. It is an intentional act; with every possible sense of commitment, one could muster, including faith, prayer, and fasting. In that sense, we can distinguish between two classes of believers.
Hear how Saint James the Less, the one who chaired the Council in Jerusalem (AD 50), talked about the two classes of believers, what he called two kinds of wisdom. One is the wisdom of God from above. The other is worldly wisdom, earthly wisdom. The wisdom of God is manifested by matching faith with good works. Worldly wisdom is the one that does not show consistency between belief and action. "It is full of jealousy and selfish ambition, disorder and evil practice" (James 3:16).
I hope you understand that if we believe, we can do all things for God's glory, including making the mute speak. It could also mean we are vibrant and bold to proclaim the good news. We aren't mute nor unable to evangelize. Evangelization would be our delight.
Do you want to dispel the spirit of muteness? Have faith. Fast and pray. Pray until something happens.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday, Ordinary Time C. Week 7: Jas 3:13-18; Mk 9:14-29]
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Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.