It was a great day of taking the Gospel back to the Street. For me, it actually began Saturday evening Mass when I received the Eucharist.
After Mass, Father gave me a special blessing for the success of this Mission today.
What a great blessing it was to be a part of St. Paul’s Street Evangelization especially after looking at St Paul’s second reading today:
“I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions. But when God, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the apostles,only James the brother of the Lord.”
The gospel preached today is not of human origin. It has been handed down by the Catholic Faith for nearly 2,000 years.
Consider something that St Paul said, “For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ”.
Have you ever heard someone tell you that they received a call to be a minister? This would be the position of most if not all Protestant ministers. Yet, I see a huge difference!
What did St. Paul do once he received his call? His conversion experience? He was baptized and received into the Catholic Church. The same Church that he defended his right to be an apostle (Galatians 1:1).
People would stop and ask us to pray with them, to pray for them.
We gave out at least a hundred rosaries, but there were many more that we were able to talk to.
Many of them were strong Catholics who already had their own rosaries.
There were also a large number who were not practicing their faith. Even so, many of the parents did get a rosary for their children along with the information that was being distributed..
It was interesting that we were able to speak to members of the Seventh Day Adventist, Non-Denominational groups, Baptists, Atheists, and others, but there was never an issue of dispute or argument. It was all very well done.
I had the opportunity to do several “range walks” going through the crowd with members of the team. Everyone contributed and had a great time.
He works in radio and after talking with him today, he is interested in looking into our Deepertruth BlogTalkRadio show.
He is definitely interested in coming back to the Catholic Faith.
What a great opportunity he would be as he speaks fluent Spanish. More than that, we know that heaven rejoices when a Prodigal comes home. This is the goal of every one out there today.
This is the kind of work that St. Paul’s Street Evanelization does throughout the Country and it is moving into other nations. What a great sign for the Church as this is the year of Faith. We have committed people who loves Our Lord, Our Lady, and the Catholic Faith.
It does not take a college degree at Bible University or to be a great theologian to be out there among the people. All it takes is a serving heart seeking to do His will. I had so much fun out there today and I think everyone else did too!
I want to ask you to pray for these events because it is for the Lord. I have always viewed myself as a “first base coach” helping people to get on base. The Priest is like “the third base coach” helping them run around third and on towards home plate.
It is a team effort and the Lord can use each and every one of us. He is capable of taking our gifts He has given us and make good use of them. Love is so important and should be the motivation.
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