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“The Spirit of God is upon me to bring good news” Lk 3: 18 -20

Jesus believed that His mission was to bring the good news of God’s love to all humankind. He carried out this mission by His teaching but above all by His acts of love, healing, and compassion. He gave people dignity by raising them out of whatever held them captive.

 

Later He would tell us all to go out and preach the good news to all the world. Two thousand years later that good news has not reached everyone. There are some people who feel that God is calling them to go out to foreign lands and tell that good news to others. Some do it by telling the gospel stories so that people can hear the word of Jesus himself. Others do it by building houses and schools and hospitals for people. Their actions tell people of the love of God for them.

 

By our Baptism we are called to mission. We are missionaries of the good news of God’s love most effectively by the witness of our lives. Do we have the ability to feel the pain and suffering of another. Can we reach out to someone in time of need. Every moment that we live is a precious opportunity to give love by sharing our time, listening with understanding, offering a word of gratitude or a smile of welcome, extending the hand of friendship.

 

God’s poor are still among us in the presence of the sick, the lonely, the homeless, the housebound or the elderly. Through kindness they are told that they are worthwhile. It is through us that they experience God’s love.

 

Jesus also said: “Take nothing for the journey”. Because we are baptised we carry within us the Spirit of God and that is all we need. Jesus wants us not only to bring good news but also to be that good news ourselves.

 

Christ has no body now but yours, no hands no feet  but yours,  yours are the eyes with which He now looks with compassion on the world. Christ has no body now but yours.