It’s Friday, but Easter is coming…. It has arrived… Jesus Christ has Risen!
Pope Francis strongly encouraged us to recapture the spirit of the early church with their zest for understanding their faith and there is a goodness to spread their give to others. It is well known that the early church had a common platform of personal enthusiasm (enthusiasm comes from a Greek word meaning “God within”). The early Christians enthusiasm seem to be inseparable from their profound understanding of the true presence and personal experience of the Risen Jesus Christ ever present in their daily lives. Our papal leaders believe that the new evangelization is our “game changer” as we allow the power of evangelization to enter into our personal lives with the true presence of the Risen Christ and permeates to the very depths of our lives thus allowing us to genuinely walk on our “Brothers and sisters” whether they come to us in the personal of those who feel isolated, rejected, estranged, or even hostile. Regardless, we accept them as they often come with feelings of indifference, or burdened with overwhelming leads due to the emptiness and the loneliness from within. We now arrive at a different understanding that evangelization is not only intended for ordained minister’s and women who consecrate their lives in prayer for others or catechist who officially carry the “Good News” to so many needy individuals throughout the world. We are now much more fully understand the eloquent summary of the late pope John Paul VI’s mantra, “every Christian is just as much of a missionary to their fellow man because they now truly have arrived at such an in-depth understanding of the love of God for each of us in the Risen Jesus Christ”. It becomes imperative for all of us “to spread the ‘good news’ throughout the world (your personal world)” so that everyone you encounter truly feels the presence of the resurrected Jesus Christ in all that you do and with everyone you encounter.
As we allow this metamorphosis to transform us into the disciples of the Risen Jesus Christ, we participate in the incredible Mission of love: SERVICE TO ALL OTHERS, SERVICE ABOVE SELF as each of us concur with papal leaders: EVANGELIZATION is the most important service we can offer to others. The renowned Catholic theologian and scientist Dr. Teilhard de Chardin quite eloquently describes love as we understand its power in evangelization as he states, “Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in history of the world, man will have discovered fire”. It’s been Friday… but Easter has arrived…Jesus Christ has Risen!
-Tim Lynch D. Min, PhD.