What’s the Good News ?
Allocutio Legion of Mary 15 July 2012, for Our Lady of Lourdes praesidium, North Curia, Singapore Senatus
This week reading is about Jesus commissioning his disciples to preach the good news. As part of the Legion of Mary, we are also commissioned to preach good news to our neighbor, since we are in the apostolic ministry. But what is the good news that we are telling to our neighbors ?
Our good news is not about doing charity and good work, following and obeying 10 commandments, going to church, and so on. There’s no good news about it. The good news is about:
That God is real
We have met Him in person, and we are still meeting Him personally every Sunday in our Eucharist. Many people still wonder whether God is real or not. They’re going for meditation, fasting, pilgrimage to sacred places, and do a lot of things, and still finding God is a vague concept. Some even don’t believe He’s exist. Some become disappointed for not finding Him, and reject His existence. But, we are here seeing him everyday in our live and seeing Him in person in our communion. What a great news that your neighbor should hear !!
That God loves us for whoever we are
Jesus didn’t come for the good, holy person. He came for the sinners. Church is not for the holy person, but for everyone, specially us the sinners. I think the thought that we are rewarded based on what we are doing is incorrect when you are talking about our God. Our God is not accountant. He doesn’t take and give based on our performance. He simply gives, and forgives our fault. If we are in trouble, he will be with us, regardless our sins and faults. Even when we are in sin against Him, He would take the first step to approach us. Our God is not the judging God. His mercy is endless. What a great news that you should tell your neighbor !!
That there’s life far more better after this
One of the most devastating state of mind is that there’s no hope. People would go suicide once they cannot find a hope to hang on. For people who’s in trouble, God promises us better life ahead after this one (and we believe it because our Lord has been risen, defeating the death). For people who bored with their life, already have almost anything that they have in their mind, this hope is not about getting better life, but being complete and happy to find their true life purpose, as what St Augustine said “our heart is restless until it rests in God”. Tell this good news as well to your neighbor, for their perseverance, difficulties in life, and happiness would not go unnoticed by God.
So, in conclusion, remember these things about the good news when people ask you: That we have found God, that God loves us, and God is giving us the hope of our life.