My brothers and sisters in Christ, as summer comes to a close and we prepare ourselves for the first day of classes, we typically prepare mentally. Whether it is the first day of middle school or your first year in high school or your first year in college, you also need to prepare on a spiritual level.
And so, you might ask: how do I prepare for a new school year?
You will probably buy new clothes, supplies, books, or maybe even a new computer or iPad. These are the things we do to prepare ourselves for a task that we are about to take on in our lives.
How do you prepare yourselves to evangelize for Jesus Christ? How did the apostles prepare themselves some 2000 years ago to evangelize?
Jesus tells them in Matthew 28:19 “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 age.” Jesus gives them mission he tells them to “go and make.”
This message or this commandment of Jesus Christ was not just for the 12 apostles but for every one of every age and especially the youth in today’s world. It is very important to take the word of God to your peers and the people who are of your own age. I know you’re probably saying to yourself ‘I will be an outcast’, ‘they will make fun of me’, ‘they might bully me or they might call me a Jesus freak.’ Well, they did all those things to our Lord and savior, so who are we not to do that for the kingdom? The call to evangelize is not limited to the Pope, bishops, priest, or deacons, this call is for every baptized Christian to go out and spread the good news of the gospel.
So, what do we do to prepare ourselves to evangelize? The first thing that must be done is prayer. We must pray to the Holy Spirit that He will open our minds and hearts and guide us into all truth. Second, we must read scripture; start with just a few verses each day. And finally, you need to trust, and I mean fully trust and have confidence in Jesus Christ. He tells us hundreds of times in the Bible “do not be afraid.” So, go out talk about Jesus. Tell everyone what great things he has done for you, show them why he came, tell people about Catholicism and how it was the one church that Jesus Christ founded. Tell them how the secular world and media is lying to us about abortion, same sex marriage, etc. The fullness of truth lies in the Catholic church only. If you are not good with preaching in words then preach your good works or in your good deeds that you do for other people. Treat everyone with gentleness, kindness, and love and then everyone will know you are disciples of Jesus Christ.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, St. Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “It is no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me.” If Christ truly lives in you then you will be on fire for Jesus, the Gospel, and the truth.
In Christ Jesus Jeff Kassab “Do not be afraid”
Jeff Kassab has a BA in Pastoral Theology and is on the board of the Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center (ECRC).