June 12, 2013

Go, therefore!

“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.” Matthew 28:19-20

We live in a world in which relationships are superficial, opinions are relativistic or hedonistic, and we are afraid to step on anyone’s toes when it comes to religious views. That is not, however, what Our Lord calls us to.

Jesus commanded His disciples to go out to all the nations to spread the Good News of His Resurrection. As baptized Christians, and especially as Consecrated Sisters, we are called to do the same. Jesus promises to send His Spirit to be with us when we go in His name. This only makes sense in the context of a love relationship. We can only truly share our love of our Lord with others after we have experienced Love as a person and embodied that Love in our own lives. After encountering Him Who is Love, we are compelled to go out to the ends of the earth and proclaim His message of Truth to all we meet.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote of the necessity to preach the Truth in his encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate when he stated, “Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love. It falls prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions, the word ‘love’ is abused and distorted, to the point where it comes to mean the opposite.”  (3)

Let us go out, then, and make disciples to the furthest ends of the earth, and build God’s Kingdom on earth every day of our lives.

-Sister M. Bridget, FSGM

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