Evangelization is a challenging goal. Still, we can take heart that it doesn’t mean trying to influence or compel others to adopt our own spiritual views. Rather it’s telling people about what we believe, what we have, and what we can offer. Evangelization is about sharing and telling, not forcing or influencing.
It may be sound tired to say so, but the Good News we have remains so very fresh. As part of our parish message series, Fearless Evangelization, here are some simple ways we can stay within our own comfort zones, yet reach out to others, through our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.
For time, we can take an extra bulletin or two, and give them to people we know, or friends in crisis or need. For our talents, we can use them in a multitude of ways, volunteering or joining one of our parish’s small faith sharing groups, to contribute and learn from our fellow parishioners. For treasure, when a homeless person asks us for money or food, we can buy them a sandwich or slice of pizza, and add other items like fruit that is easy to eat, a snack, and bottled water or a soft drink. It may not be the most nutritious meal, but it satisfies the person’s need for nourishment for a short time. Many of us already do this when we prepare sandwiches for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. And remember to say, “God bless you,” when you encounter that person in need.
Finally, if we see someone who is unhappy, stressed, suffering, or in need, even on public transit, we can pray that they get through the day. We can give people we don’t even know our love and compassion. So let us learn to accept our role in evangelizing others, and feel confident that we can do this through our own stewardship efforts.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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