Just before departing from the disciples for the final time, Jesus commissions them to spread the good news and teach the gospel way. Jesus does not want them to quietly whisper it to their neighbor or celebrate it amongst those already in the know. Jesus expects the disciples to go forth. I am, more and more, coming to grips with the fact that the “build it and they will come” model of ministry is over. I’m not sure it ever worked all that well, but in today’s world people require a personal invitation. In some ways, the Mormons have got this part right. When I see a movie I love, I do not hesitate to tell people! And I’m not bothered when they say: “Oh, I don’t like science fiction.” I may not go door to door telling folks about the latest Pixar film, but why isn’t telling the story of Jesus easy and uncomplicated?
Jesus, I am utterly convinced by you in my life. I have not yet fully figured out what that means, but I’m working on it. Teach me how to convince others the goodness of God and the value of faith. Make me courageous and creative in sharing the message of your good love. Amen.