The first reading during the Mass this Sunday is Isaiah 50:4-7. The first part of that reading reads:
The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to answer the weary
a word that will waken them.
In continuing with this month’s theme of The Creed and what we believe as Christians, it is important for us to examine our call to evangelize. What exactly is evangelism and why should we try to evangelize? There are many people in our sphere of influence that are weary. They are going through life, perhaps even enjoying moments of it; but they are not truly happy, they are not satisfied with life, and they may not be aware of the cause of their dissatisfaction.
Evangelization is not about touting a particular church or Mass time. Evangelization, at its heart, is about spreading the Gospel message. It is about inviting another person into a relationship with Jesus—the Christ and Son of God. Evangelization is desperately needed in our world. So many are weary of life’s struggles, are weary of being lied to by the world, and of knowing that there is more out there just beyond their reach.
St. Augustine wrote in Confessions (Lib 1,1-2,2.5,5: CSEL 33, 1-5): “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Our hearts are restless and weary without Jesus in our lives. Once we have a true relationship with Jesus, that restless is replaced by peace—the peace of Christ.
What word will you share with those weary people around you? Will you introduce them to Jesus?