The Good News - too good to keep to yourself!
From today’s Gospel (Mark 8:34-9:1):
‘…For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
Do you talk about your faith to others? Are you joyful in your faith to the point that you just can’t help but shout about it and share it on your Facebook page or Twitter feed?
It’s an interesting thought. But don’t think about it too long because Jesus is on your case! In today’s Gospel Jesus warns us that we should not be ashamed of him and his words. If we are ashamed, he warns us that he will be similarly ashamed of us when he comes again at the end of the world.
While humility is an essential quality of any Catholic Christian it should never compromise our call to reach out to the world, to spread the Word of God, and to evangelise. We must have a sense of mission, as encouraged by Pope Francis in his recent exhortation letter Evangelii Gaudium. And part of that mission is to spread the Good News with joy, to all people. And we must not confine ourselves to spreading the Good News to those we feel comfortable with. Rather, we should be indiscriminate in our mission, revealing the glory and splendour of God in the risen Christ, to all people.
We need to consider what is more important to us. Do I want to listen to Jesus and heed is call to spread the Good News, or do I want to remain secure in my comfort zone, never daring to do God’s work for fear of reprisals? Jesus is asking us to commit ourselves to the former, safe in the knowledge that he will be by our side in the face of any attacks or insults we may be subjected to as a result.