Two days ago we visited the national history museum here in London.
It was interesting and yet full of dead things that don’t exist anymore like dinosaur bones etc. and yet at the same time gave us a better appreciation of where we have come from and how much the world has changed.
Sadly some people see the church in a similar way, a place full of history and memories and dead animals!
Yet the church is anything but a museum as it is actually full of life! The saints we pray to are not dead and inanimate like these stuffed hens or dinosaur bones and most importantly, Jesus is alive!
The spiritual world is very alive in our churches which is why we need people to help us and to guide us and this my friends is evangelisation and what better period for evangelisation than this Christmas period?!
Write my little one!
My children, Christmas is also a time of evangelisation and witness to your faith in your communities and families.
For some of you this will be very difficult as you will not be in communities or even families where Jesus is loved.
This my children is the cross and it is the challenge of learning how to put God first even when it costs you friendships and when it causes division in your families.
The gospel my children divides and then resembles and this my little ones happens with much pain.
God will ask some of you to spend Christmas alone or to spend it with your friends and church family.
Whatever your circumstances, give thanks to Jesus and surrender all your plans to Him with childlike docility.
Once again I stretch out my motherly hand with the rosary as I call you all to pray with me this Christmas and allow yourselves to be my apostles of love in a world so darkened by sin.“
This message of Our Lady and indeed the challenge of evangelisation is reiterated in the gospel of Matthew in chapter 10.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[c]
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.“
Ouch! The gospel bites and is certainly no walk in the park, especially with family!
And so this Christmas let us grab our rosary beeds and take up the challenge of being evangelists and show everybody that the church is more than a museum and that humanity is more than random evolution with nothing but a bag of bones at the end.
Chew on that Charles Darwin wherever you are now!!
Have an evangelistic day everyone and let’s put Christ back in Christmas!