Proclaiming the Good News

February 1, 2015 — 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28
Fr Fernando Torres, CMF
Claretian Publications

The fireworks explode in midair and we hear people say “ooooh.” We cannot keep to ourselves our amazement at the awesome display. Something similar happens to football fans when their team scores a goal, and they jump from their seat and shout “goooal.” There are things that touch us deep inside and which we express through some word or gesture, without thinking, like the kisses of lovers, tears of sadness or joy, a sigh, an “I love you” or an “I am sorry.”

When we realize that God is present in our lives we shouldn’t be quiet either. It is like wanting to repress that “goooal” shout or the “ooooh” of the fireworks. It is difficult to convey it in words or to explain it in detail but, when we allow God to touch our souls, we can feel it. And we might express it with only a few words (an “amen” or a “dear God”) or maybe through an action that comes from the heart, like a hug or a smile.

To be a person of God, to have God present in our lives, means to have to proclaim his presence in this world to its four corners. To be attuned to the will of God means that we must announce his love and goodness while, at the same time, denouncing the injustices and evils that prevent the fulfillment of the reign of God. In other words, we must be like the prophets who, when they heard God, proclaimed and lived God’s will.

But we are called, as people baptized in Christ, to go beyond that. In Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, we not only have a guide but the actual way on which to walk. In Jesus we find a new life in which we are immersed in God. Such a life will lead us to cry out the wonders that God has done, and does, for us. We will have to proclaim it, spontaneously, as if we were watching fireworks of love or a divine football match filled with hope.

For reflection

-How do you feel God’s presence in your life?

-How do you share your faith with others? Do you get embarrassed?

-How do you proclaim God’s will through your life?

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