Grace to you!
Yesterday, I reflected on how the work of evangelization thrives amidst persecutions. Today, I want continue on the same evangelization theme, or to use a more recent concept, New Evangelization.
You know what [New] Evangelization means? It’s bringing the Good News of Christ, the news of salvation to every part of society—wherever people are, and /or renewing the spirit of those cultures and peoples who used to believe but no longer have the same fervor they once had. In few simple words, it is renewal and “in-servicing.”
Evangelization is the work of the Holy Spirit whom Pope John Paul II called, “the principal agent of evangelization.” The Holy Spirit has a way of directing us to where the needs are; and if we listen, we will be able to speak or evangelize.
Other times, God directs us through His angels. You know who the angels are? The bible calls them “ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation” (Hebrew 1:14).
There is a bible story that shows how God’s angels can give us a lead to what the Lord wants and how we may start off. You know about the story of Philip, one of the seven deacons in Acts of the Apostles.
Permit me to read how the angel ministered to him: “An angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Rise and go toward the South to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza’ . . . and he rose and went” (Acts 8:26-27). Consequently, he followed the lead and evangelized an influential Ethiopian who was in need of a teacher to explain to him the prophecy he was reading.
Many times we look for a lead from God. We are discerning what to do, where the Lord is leading us, how we can do it? It seems we can’t find one.
I found those nearing retirement more concerned with “what next?” All their years as younger people, they planned how to retire, but from mid fifties onward a weird feeling of “what next” grips them.
You have the lead, only you may not have been silent to listen. Let it be we are too busy to pay attention.
God sends His angels to minister to our needs, providing us with the lead. Don’t you realize that each of us has a guardian angel, whose sole job is to guide us at God’s command? “He has put his angels in charge of you, to guide you in your ways.” (Ps 51)
God’s “angels” could also be the advice of a friend, a family member or even a co-worker pointing out something you never took seriously. It could be the intuition to change a particular line of action. It could come from an idea you had listening to a boring sermon.
The angel is that helping hand when you needed it most. It could be the unusual visitor who asked you out for a dinner. It could be the pet in the house reminding you of what loyalty and faithfulness is in a relationship. It could be the dream to scale the heights of your aspirations.
Follow the lead. No need to procrastinate.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday, Easter Week 3: Act 8:26-40; Jn 6:44-51
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