August 27, 2013 – Memorial of St. Monica
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
“…we drew courage through our God to speak to you the Gospel…we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children.”
Part of our responsibility as disciples of Jesus is to spread the Gospel message. This is easier said than done. It can be a bit daunting. We may feel we are not qualified to do this important work. We may feel like our relationship with Jesus is personal and so feel uncomfortable sharing our faith openly.
To address those concerns: Look at who Jesus called to be His disciples – fishermen, tradesmen, and tax collectors. Were they more qualified than you to do His work?
As for being uncomfortable sharing our faith, we need to get over that. In his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul offers words that may offer some comfort. We do not need to deliver the Gospel message with a sledge hammer – we do not need to hit people over the head with it. The Gospel message can be delivered gently in word and deed. It comes across in how we treat one another. We need to speak with love and sincerity.
Not only will this approach make us more comfortable taking on this important work, the chances of being heard will greatly improve.