|Just as the apostles went out to
spread the word, the Good News of
what happened to Jesus and so to
them, so we are called to be the liv-
ing book of the Gospels for others to
look at and understand who Jesus is.
The first step in this dynamic process
of spreading the Gospel is for each
of us to daily go to the Bible and read
slowly, prayerfully, the Gospels. Let
the image of Jesus penetrate you; ask questions both of the story you
are reading and of yourself. And then ask how Jesus is making a
difference in your life. For this is the key to spreading the Gospel:
letting one’s actions and decisions reflect the reality of Jesus making a
difference in one's life.
And, this is Good News, because it shows that the Kingdom has indeed
come into our world, that to believe in Jesus, to accept and live by
his message, makes me a different and better person.
To make Kingdom happen in our world, to understand our faith better,
to live closer to Jesus, maybe our most basic prayer book should be to
daily ponder sections from the book of the Gospels. This is the
necessary Step 1 if we are going to heed the call of Pope Francis and
become ourselves a New Evangelization.