Ninth Reflection

The Proclamation of the Gospel doesn`t have any Boundaries

We know the mission of the resurrected Lord to his disciples: „... "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28, 18b-20)

„Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good. In this regard, several sayings of Saint Paul will not surprise us: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14); “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16).“ (Evangelii Gaudium 9)

What is the Good News, we have to proclaim to all people? It isn`t primarily a teaching, but it has to do with God himself, the creator, the Holy one, the Unimaginable, who communicates himself through His son, and whom we are allowed to call our father. When we talk about God, we speak of the whole reality, of the whole of our existence. We are placed in a horizon of hope of encounter – an encounter that surprises us time and again and that wants to give us hope. Ultimately, it is an encounter originating from God. This changes the dominant order of things. It puts us (?) into perspective, makes us uneasy, and challenges us – especially those, who have become well established in the prevailing/ruling order. Nothing is as obvious, clear and planned as we would like to have it. Power relations have shifted in favor of the poor and disenfranchised. All have a place with God – at the manger and the cross. And the hope for a new life, in which God is everything in everything, shall give courage to everyone to already reshape the world. This is the Gospel that we have to proclaim to all people – not as our own work, but as coworkers of God. 

Just for reflection:

How does my speaking about God change my life and the lives of those I meet?