30 Apr Good News (Acts 5:20) by Father Daren
“Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.” ~ Acts 5:20 (full readings)
Father Daren’s Reflections: By telling the Apostles to go back into the temple area, the angel of the Lord effectively told them to go back into the public square and proclaim without fear the truth of the passion, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This task of speaking openly and clearly of the Good News of salvation is not reserved only to the Apostles, but is the mission of every man, woman, and child who has been baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus. Speaking of Jesus’ love for all people is not always easy; our pride often keeps us quiet as we worry about what others will think of us. Pope Francis has been seeking to call us out of ourselves and out of our fear to speak plainly of the joy of the Gospel. As such, his call is the same as the command of the angel. It is time to take up this mission again. Those who are considering aborting their child and those who have already done so need to hear the joy of the Gospel in our words and see it in our lives.
* Fr. Daren Zehnle, Diocese of Springfield IL, serves as Priest Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to Bishop Paprocki and is the Associate Director of the Office for Vocations. He blogs at “Servant and Steward“.
Faith Challenge: Today, let us seek out one person to whom we can bring the joy of the Gospel to give them hope in the midst of strife.
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Faith Quote: “Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of a personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.” ~ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 6).
Peace and Joy,