Is Your Life Proclaiming the Good News?

Romans 1:1-7 / Lk 11:29-32

Paul begins today’s epistle by stating his credentials. “I’m a servant of Christ,” he says “and I’ve been called to proclaim the gospel of God.” And that’s what he did, fearlessly and with energy and imagination till the day he died: preaching, debating, writing letters, and even challenging St. Peter to rethink some of his most cherished ideas.

Paul was special, no doubt about it. But there’s something important that every one of us Christians has in common with him, namely, that we’re all called to proclaim God’s good news. We have that call by virtue of our Baptism.  For each of us, answering that call will take a different shape, depending upon our gifts. Most of us won’t be preachers or debaters or writers of great letters, and that’s probably a mercy in a world of too much talk! But all of us face the challenge of crafting a lifestyle that unambiguously proclaims the Good News.

What would such a lifestyle look like? If we believe that God is a loving father who has destined us for eternal life with him, and if we believe that the only way to reach our destiny is to become like our father — in other words, to become first-class lovers — then our lives are going to take on quite a distinctive shape. If we really believe, even our faces will look different: peaceful, confident, happy, and free of fear.

And that brings us to today’s question: What kind of news is your lifestyle proclaiming to the world? What is your face telling all who see it? Is it good news? I hope so, but if it’s not, why settle for second best even one more day? Take in the Lord’s Good News and let it shine from the inside out.

  • laurak

    Have you ever heard of stage fright, Monsignor Clark?

    I’m still so terrified of the altar, I can’t serve as a Eucharistic Minister.

    Do you want to know why? Because I’m afraid of people finding fault with me.

    When you are on the altar people watch every little move you make.

    And I’m afraid they will criticize me if I make a mistake.

  • laurak, not all of us have to be on the altar or soap box to proclaim. If some of us have stage fright, then we can project our faith in our homes or workplaces by our actions. We don’t even need to open our mouth to preach, if that scares us. 🙂

  • laurak

    Thank you for your kindness, James. Our former pastor used to criticize the altar servers and even yell at them sometimes. Every time I spoke to him, he was always correcting me too. He was a perfectionist. I think that is why I’m afraid of serving as a Eucharistic Minister at our new parish. I do serve as a Eucharistic Minister at the prison where I volunteer at and I’m not nervous though. But, with prisoners, they don’t expect you to be perfect. They are actually very compassionate with people who aren’t perfect either.

  • lkeebler

    I think it is the waiting on God that is the hard part. It is easy to forget He is with us every second and wants to guide us into His Will for us. But we must wait for Him. We are so “programmed” to go out on our own, taught to think we can “do anything” and “be anything” we want if only we are determined enough to really “want” it. But God tells us to wait on Him and HE will show us great things in ourselves and others if we will only let HIM have HIS Way. He has created us for Himself and He knows us, we are a specific “part” of the Body for His Good purpose and He will bring us perfectly to His Good Will.

    I am so helped by the story of the people in the desert who waited in camp for the “cloud” which was over God Himself to move, and then they too would follow (Numbers 9:15-23). They waited on God, no matter how long, but when He directed, they followed (it was only when they went their own way that they had all kinds of trouble). You too will know where and what God wants from you if you wait and pray, He will show you the Way in which He wants you to go, even day to day. (May I say I am still learning this after so many years, the Lord’s Will be done.)

    — I found this (below) on a web site and thought it explained so much so well:

    The wilderness tabernacle is a projection of God’s redemptive plan

    In the New Testament, John writes: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) This word “dwelling” is the same word for “tabernacle” in the Old Testament. In other words, God came in living flesh to dwell or to tabernacle among His people. As He walked upon the earth and lived among the Jews, Jesus Christ Himself fulfilled the picture of the Old Testament tabernacle. In that and many other ways, as we will see, the tabernacle really was a prophetic projection of the Lord’s redemptive plan for His people.

    “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’” (Rev. 21:3)