AN APOSTLE FOR
SOWING THE SEEDS OF FAITH
Kathy Bernard -
And He said to them, Go into all the world and
preach the gospel to the whole creation."
- Mark 16:15
Will you accept the challenge of being a disciple for Christ?
Will you sow the seeds of faith to all who will listen?
Many Christians shrink at the
very thought of approaching strangers to speak about the Lord. Even though He died to pay for the sins of
us all, some of us feel uncomfortable talking
about our faith.
But this is precisely what Jesus asked us to do as
Christians; to lead others to belief. One of the best
ways to share our faith is by being a true example for
see and want for themselves. It opens the way to Salvation.
And something precious happens
to us also because God strengthens us when we share our faith.
Many times this
picture we present to people
by our actions draws them nearer because they will want to know
"what is it about you that makes you stand out in a crowd? What makes you
different? Why do you seem so content? How can you look
so peaceful in this world of uncertainty, worry, with the evil
happening all over the world?" "Why" they ask,
" do you look so
happy, so full of joy?"
This then will be your opportunity
to share your faith.
something within a Christian that people somehow can feel.
There is a STAMP of God within us that catches
their attention even if they do not know what it is.
God sends each believer on a very special journey. He may put an
in the path of one Christian
and send another on different path for He wants all people to share the good news of the Kingdom. For us today, a disciple means ALL who have received Jesus Christ as
Savior through faith, have grown strong in the
Lord, and is able to speak with personal knowledge and
confidence to others
about the bible, prayer and belief in our Savior Jesus. And He gives
everyone a precious gift
of salvation and eternal life if they follow His Father's Word with faith.
This is what Jesus want us to share to all who are lost.
Don't be afraid like St. Peter in Matthew
14: 25-30 that reads, "Shortly before dawn Jesus
went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him
walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said,
and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take
courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s
you, tell me to come to you on the water. Come,” He said. Then
Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward
Jesus." But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to
sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!" Immediately, Jesus reached out his
hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you
God will put doubtful people in our lives. Through
you, this can be their opportunity to come to faith. Tell those who
want to listen about the special peace that Jesus will
give. Though belief, He will give them the eternal life
He promises. For us, as Christ's apostles, we will be blessed
by bringing others to everlasting life; to encourage as Christ did
Even in our
Churches some of us take our places in the pews
but keep a distance from visiting strangers, never offering a smile of warmth or a
"Church family" hand shake. We may sit there avoiding other
Catholic Christians who may be weak in the faith. Jesus Christ wants us
sharing our worshiping mass in God's House. This encounter could become the start of being
a disciple right
the Church, giving an encouraging and welcoming smile, for we
cannot know what the person seated next to us may be going
All of us as Christian Catholics have been
called to this discipleship. It is not a suggestion
or a maybe. It is our Lord
Who gave us this decree. However, God does not
force us to obey that call for He gave us free will. But as
Christians we must not hold tightly God's gift to
ourselves as it is for sharing to all who will listen.
Jesus Christ wants us sow that seed of faith in everyone we meet. Those who
listen we must pray for, asking the Lord to open all hearts to
When we evangelize to those who do accept Jesus, the Holy
Spirit will bring them into an intimate relationship with Jesus
Christ, adding clarity and understanding within their hearts and souls.
This, then, should be the goal of all Christians, for
as the Lord sent His disciples to spread the Good News of the
Kingdom of Heaven, He has also sent us to do the same.
Father Larry Covington, pastor at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Austin, Texas has this to say on discipleship: "The Christian faith consistently
provides a personal encounter with God and the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ shared
with the world. By virtue of our baptism,
Christians are granted access to God through our faith in His Son,
Jesus Christ. Christians are called to share their faith.
This process of sharing the faith with individuals and groups is
the process of discipleship which Jesus speaks of in the Gospel of Matthew.
Most Reverend Alvaro Corrada del Rio,
S.J., currently serves as the second and current Bishop of
, Puerto Rico, in a Pastoral Letter "The Following of Jesus - Catholic Discipleship in the Diocese of Tyler"
tells, "My Dear Brothers and
Sisters in Christ: speaking on Christ, Jesus asked Simon Peter Do you love Me?
and said to him, Feed My lambs
Tend My sheep
Feed My sheep. Our Lord puts the same question and issues the same
charge to me, your bishop, the shepherd of the flock in East Texas. Do you love
Me? is the question that I must answer for myself and, in turn, I must place before
all of you in His name. As Catholic disciples
of Christ Jesus in the Diocesan Church of Tyler, each of us must answer for ourselves,
Do you love Me? Indeed, this question is so powerful in its simplicity that it
demands a response. We cannot merely remain silent or otherwise avoid giving a response,
for no response is itself a heartbreaking answer to this most intimate
question of faith and love. You and I must give an answer to Jesus, for the answer we give
decides our relationship with Him. Our affirmative answer, His gift of grace to us,
defines us as men and women of hope. Indeed, it charts the course of our very lives along
the one path to holiness and happiness, the following of Jesus.
"....As your bishop and
successor of the Apostles, I call you all to follow the way of the discipleship of Jesus
in response to His call to holiness. Christ crucified and risen from the dead is our
Catholic identity in East Texas and His way, our way, is the way of the cross. Our rule of life, as His disciples, must include
the revival of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in our personal lives, our families and
parish life. The way of the cross is the way
to live a life of happiness and holiness more fully. Therefore, let every disciple of
Christ in the Diocese of Tyler come to appreciate, practice, and more fully experience the
way of the cross through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
In the life of the Church, let these three powerful instruments of
Gods transforming love become the catalysts for greater evangelization, charity,
missionary zeal, material support, education, catechesis, faith formation, and vocations
in the Diocese of Tyler."
the following video link on discipleship, Fr. Satish Joseph, who is originally from India,
explores what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ in this series of talks
presented by Ite Missa Est, the adult faith formation of Our Lady of the Immaculate
Conception Church in Dayton, Ohio. Please
visit and enjoy!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBn4uUKM5WU
. Father Satish Joseph is Associate Pastor at St. Helen parish and at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. He is also the founder Ite Missa Est ministries.
Satish tells, "I am from India. I can
trace my ancestry back to 1823 and if I want, beyond that too. People find it difficult to
connect my being Indian and Catholicism. Most people presume that I am a recent convert to
Catholicism. In fact, as far back into 1823 my family was Catholic (Eastern Catholic). For
generations, then, faith has been passed along with untiring zeal and passion. When I was
a child, my father often repeated the well-known adage: The family that prays
together stays together.... If you want
to read more, here is a link: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/37149/the-family-that-prays-together/
This world is not a
playground where we indulge ourselves in self gratification. It is a place to prepare for eternal life.
As an advocate for the Lord, there will be some people who will not agree
with our religious beliefs, but as Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 10:14,
"If anyone will not
welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home
But those, who do welcome us, will see a vista of hope,
of peace and joy, and a promise
of eternal life forever,
a life where there will be no more pain, no more disappointments, and no more dying, for we will
live forever with our heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ
in glory one day when this earthly life is over.
God's promises with others, and watch something beautiful
happen to us too, for we will find that God has blessed us with a stronger renewal of our own faith.
Enjoy also the link below on Discipleship.
"Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to every
creature. He who believes and is baptized
will be saved; but he who does not believe
will be condemned. - Mark 16:15-16
CLICK THE PICTURE - VIDEO
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