At the heart of the Gospel today is the call to evangelize,
“to go forth and spread the Good News.” It is not only the
proclamation of the Word through preaching but through actions.
As today’s Gospel indicates, the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” applies to today’s Gospel
reading. Our actions proclaim the presence of Christ. We can look to the example of Blessed Mother Teresa of
Calcutta, how her actions made all of us aware of the greater concern we need to have for the poor and the
downtrodden of the world.
In order to evangelize effectively, we need to come to know Christ, then know about Him and His
teachings so that we can proclaim them effectively. In the fall, we hope to offer the program, “Discovering
Christ,” which will help us to know Christ. It will be followed by a program entitled, “Following Christ,”
which will enable us to “know about Christ” and, finally, a program entitled, “Sharing Christ,” which makes
us better evangelists.
In conjunction with St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, we are planning to present these
programs as a New Energies project. It is one of our three goals: the third of which is Evangelization. All
three parishes will sponsor the program as we attempt to carry out the Lord’s plan to “Go forth and proclaim
the Good News.”
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen