Memorial of St. Francis Xavier - 3rd December
Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do.
Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.'
Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see,
for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.'
St. Francis Xavier endeavoured to share the word of God with peoples who had never heard it. We have heard the Gospel because of men and women who dedicated their lives to spreading the word of God. We have been blessed with the knowledge of the word of God, and with that comes the duty to share it with others. Just last week the Holy Father issued Evangelii Gaudium - on the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. To quote the Holy Father, “evangelisation is first and foremost about preaching the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ or who have always rejected him.” Nowadays one does not have to go far to find places where the joy of the Gospel needs to be shared.
Advent Advantage: Say a prayer to Our Lady of Evangelization and/or pray for missionaries. Think about people in your life who do not know Christ or have rejected Him. What can you do to bring the Gospel to them?