Our theme in this Advent always start with the term “Go”. “To go” means to be deliberate in what we are going to do; to proclaim and make known the message of the Gospel; to take action not only in our words, but through the life we live.
The world is fed up by people who speak so much yet do not model what they speak in their lives. And so the need to go out and proclaim the message of God through our lives must be deliberately made with hope in our hearts, with faith and joy, and in love. And in order to proclaim the Gospel, we need to be courageous as a people.
Father Jun believes that in order for the message of the Gospel to be effectively brought out to the world, we need to receive it properly first.
Today, the scripture reading teaches us that the Gospel starts at home. In the context of family, we need to be courageous enough to receive the Gospel. Joseph being a righteous man, when he heard the “Good News” was afraid first. But when the angel of the Lord told him not to be afraid, he took courage and obeyed God immediately. Courage pushes us to do what is right, and if we do and obey what is right, God always intervenes in our life.
The seed of the Gospel is always planted in the family. This is why Jesus came to the world in human form. The Gospel is truly nurtured in the atmosphere of love. How we nurture and cultivate the Gospel in our family will determine how far we can go in our mission as a church. We should share the Gospel in our family by sharing our life with them because the message of the Gospel is intricately embedded in our own story. Once the “Word of God” is well planted and watered within the family, that family is transformed, will change, and will begin to bloom, spreading their influence to the community and farther in the world.
The world is longing for the Gospel. It takes courage to evangelize our own home, but by the grace of God, we can start it and be mindful of the calling to bring out the Gospel, to be courageous in receiving and proclaiming the word of God.
MERCY DE LA CRUZ-ESPIRITU
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