"Through their participation in the prophetic mission of Christ, "who proclaimed the kingdom of his Father by the testimony of his life..", the lay faithful are given the ability and responsibility to accept the gospel in faith and to proclaim it in word and deed, without hesitating to courageously identify and denounce evil."
What we hear, what we see and what we receive each time we come to mass is a 'testimony of his life'. The liturgy not only recalls the events that saved us but actualizes them, makes them present. This testimony, the 'Good News' proclaimed by Jesus, is given to us so the blind see and oppressed set free. These encounters with Jesus transform our hearts so that spiritual blindness and emotional oppression become defeated and we may participate in an everlasting life with Him.
In a book called Liturgy and The New Evangelization, the author writes, "our engagement in the church's liturgy transforms our affections, our desires, and every facet of our lives". The 'engagement' is what we hear, what we see, and what we receive. The Word of God we hear proclaimed to us through the readings, the signs and symbols we see that adorns the altar, and the real presence of Christ which we receive is the 'testimony of his life' encountering our hearts so we may know the love of God. How many of us know someone right now who feels as if they are not loved? How does your life reflect 'the testimony of his life' so that others may know the love God provides to us all?
Pope Benedict XVI has this wonderful quote, he says "The evangelization of a person and of human communities depends totally on this encounter with Jesus Christ." Maybe this week you can bring what you have heard, what you have seen, and what you have received into the life of someone you know. Allow your life to 'proclaim in word and deed' and draw another person closer to Jesus and answer the call he desires for each of us, "Come, follow me".BACK TO LIST