Wednesday 2nd September- Wednesday of week 22 of the year
THE GOOD NEWS
The “Good News” is a term we are all familiar with. Yet, have you really taken time to ponder on the meaning of those words? This phrase which appears in various places in scripture, explains fully what the whole message of our salvation is about. In today’s gospel reading, we see Jesus being so keen and zealous about preaching the Good News. The people tried to tie Him down and restrict Him but He resisted saying “I must preach the Good News about the Kingdom of God in other towns also, because that is what God sent me to do.” (Lk 4:43). Christ was committed to his ministry, this is the kind of commitment we are to have towards the work that God has assigned us to do here on earth. We are all called to preach the Good News. We are called to be “living Bibles’ that others can read.
Have you really experienced the goodness of the “News”? The Good News is the word of God and it indeed brings us good tidings. If we are not really experiencing this goodness we must then retreat and check if it is truly the “Good News” that we claim to believe. Or are we “unbelieving” believers? Believing in God’s word is all we need to be partakers of the “goodness” in the “news”. Preaching the Good News does not only involve the use of our mouths but also our action, acts done in love, just like Jesus healed all the sick persons that were brought to Him. That’s exactly what makes the “News” good – words backed by good works.
PRAYER: Father, let me not just be a preacher of the Word, let my whole life reflect the goodness of your Word. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 571: “ The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurrection stands at the center of the Good News that the apostles, and the Church following them, are to proclaim to the world.”
HIDE A TREASURE: “And my teaching and message were not delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God’s Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:4
Today’s readings: Col.1:1-8; Ps.52:10-11; Lk.4:38-44.