“Itinerant evangelists are the most important ambassadors and messengers on earth. They are a mighty army, spreading out across the world with a vision to reach their own people for Christ.” – Billy Graham: (born November 7, 1918) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist
Gospel Text: (JN 6:44-51)
Jesus said to the crowds:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They shall all be taught by God.
Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the Apostles and us, “I am the Bread of Life.” As Christians, this is the basis of all that we do, not just at Mass, but in every action of our life. This is the core of who we are, not just in prayer, but in all our daily activities.
We cannot evangelize until we fully absorb this truth.
Any good salesperson will tell you that you have to believe in a product in order to sell it. But it took the Apostles awhile to accept this. So throughout the Gospels, you hear Jesus frustration with the Apostles…Don’t you get it? Do you still not understand? Then on Pentecost, they were filled with fire and understanding. And they finally “got it”, then it was, watch out world, here they come!
Things aren’t so different today, when we “get it,” then we too can be great evangelizers. In the Acts, Jesus says those who believe will have eternal life. And if you believe, if you “get it” and understand that Jesus is the Bread of Life, how can you not share his message?