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Monday, October 11, 2021

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Pope St. John XXIII

Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 11:29-32

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living to proclaim the gospel

“Through Him we have been favored with apostleship, that we may spread His name.” —Romans 1:5

Paul, “set apart to proclaim the gospel of God” (Rm 1:1), wrote to the Romans to prepare them to be a home-base for future evangelism in Spain (Rm 15:24, 28). Paul was always thinking of reaching more people for Christ. He would use a courtroom as a forum for preaching the Gospel (Acts 26:1ff). He even stopped to convert the jailer during a jailbreak (Acts 16:28ff). Paul repeatedly risked his life to preach the Gospel (2 Cor 11:23ff). He was single-hearted; evangelism was the only thing on his mind. He would pay any price to win to Christ as many as possible (1 Cor 9:19).

We have seven more weeks left in the Church year. In the last forty-five weeks, how many people have we tried to lead to the Lord? The fields are ripe for a great harvest (Jn 4:35), but the workers are still few (Mt 9:37). If we’re not evangelizing, are we evangelized? Let’s repent of not sharing the Gospel and make the rest of this year the greatest evangelistic drive of our lives.

Prayer:  Father, give me a new Pentecost that leads to a new evangelization.

Promise:  “She came from the farthest corner of the world to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, but you have a greater than Solomon here.” —Lk 11:31

Praise:  Pope St. John XXIII called for a renewal of both the clergy and the laity by convoking the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Holy Spirit, come renew Your Church (see Ps 104:30).

Reference:  (Proclaim the gospel more fruitfully by reading the Bible every day. Order, listen to or download the following on our website: Overview of the Bible starting with CD 10A-1 or DVD 10A, 15 Minute Bible Teaching - New Testament starting with CD 700.)

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