‘He was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.’ (Acts 1:9).
Angel: So, Jesus, you’ve just returned to heaven as the victorious Lord of Glory, King of Heaven and Earth, what’s your plan for spreading the news of salvation to the whole world?
Jesus: Well, you see those folks down there on earth—Peter, James, John, and the rest of my disciples?
Angel: Yes . . .
Jesus: I told them to tell everyone.
Angel: That’s the plan?
Jesus: That’s it.
This is how it is now. We the baptised, under the power of the Holy Spirit are called to evangelise, to spread the Gospel in our homes, families, parishes, schools and work places, just as the first Apostles who were left on Mount Sinai staring into the sky.
This year the Church leaders are planning to commence a Year of Faith and a Synod on the theme: “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”
‘Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the new evangelization has increasingly presented itself as an appropriate, timely tool in addressing the challenges of a rapidly-changing world, and the way to respond to God’s generosity in our being gathered together by the Holy Spirit to experience God as the Father of us all and to bear witness and proclaim to all the Good News—the Gospel—of Jesus Christ.’ (Lineamenta, Synod of Bishops, XIII Ordinary General Assembly, par. 1)
So while the Bishops meet and plan, each of us as individuals should begin to consider what WE can do to evangelise and to fulfill our baptismal mission. Jesus’ plan was simple – ‘Go tell everyone’and we should follow that example – and start now!