The Lord commands the disciples to “go into the world and tell the Good News.” Our faith today is built on the witness of those who have gone before us. But the command of Jesus applies to us as well…prompting us to consider how we will proclaim the Good News to those around us today.
When we say “Jesus is Lord” we claim Him as the center and priority of our lives. May we constantly examine our hearts, looking for anything that is not worthy of God’s grace as we continuously re-orient our lives to Christ.
The Lord’s ministry touches hearts and changes lives, as people encounter Jesus and begin to serve in new and unique ways. Like them, we can echo the words of Samuel and the Psalmist as we say, “Here am I Lord! I come to do your will.”
Jesus invites Philip to become a disciple with the words, “Follow me.” The language is clear, direct and simple. Philip’s response inspires us to consider how the Lord invites us to follow today. How will we respond?
Andrew and another disciple respond to the invitation of Jesus to “come and see.” Their day with Jesus will change their lives forever as they invite others to encounter the Lord as well. May we do the same!
Since from the beginning of time the plan of salvation included the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, we thus understand that Mary’s role as the Mother of God was present as well. Chosen by God, her acceptance of the angel Gabriel’s announcement reveals her as the first disciple; her role as Mother of the Messiah reveals her as a Mother to all disciples. May her example inspire us to draw near to her Son!