V. Our Role as Members of a Missionary Church
“…not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25 RSV-CE).
Now that we are emerging from darkness into light, what are we going to do regarding our faith in Christ and His Church? Some may say, “I have watched the Liturgy on my cell phone and I like this, I do not need to go.” Others will say, “I have watched the Liturgy on my cell phone and I need to go back to the House of the Lord.”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”
Remember these words of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 RSV-CE).
It is safe to say the disciples did not know every nation in the world, but we do and it is a click away. Christ is not only speaking to his disciples, but He is speaking to us, and as His disciples He calls us to go out into the world and evangelize.
What it means to evangelize
To evangelize at its core means to proclaim the Word of God. We may think that evangelizing means only traveling to new places, but it means more than that.
Evangelization begins at home, and it begins with each of us, in our own home, neighborhood, and parish or mission. With our presence, among our families, neighbors, and Church family, we proclaim the Word of God and so become true disciples and evangelists.
Come back to the House of the Lord and praise God with your parish family. Let us grow our Church one mission-parish at a time.