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Word of Mouth (WOM) - The Best Way to Spread Good News

Today's Lectionary Readings

Spreading the Gospel Good News of Evangelism We're coming up on the Solemnity of Pentecost, when through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Good News of Jesus' life-saving death and resurrection was spread by word of mouth from one corner of the world to the other. The world was hostile to the message, eventually hateful enough to persecute and execute some of those who preached it. The courage of the Holy Spirit ignited the fire of enthusiasm that was nourished in the early Christian communities.

That same Spirit is available to us today and the need for evangelism has never been greater in recent years. And surely the method - word of mouth - is still the most effective way to spread enthusiasm and endorsement. I think we can count the internet as electronic "word of mouth" and use its message spreading capacity to also spread the Good News.

Nothing works as well as personal witness.  Invite someone to mass with you who typically doesn't attend. Everyone knows a non-Catholic or a "non-practicing Catholic." Already we have had many inquiries about the process of becoming Catholic, our RCIA program. Invite, invite, invite.

Perhaps you're thinking, "Now is not a good time." Sadly, we don't choose "our time." In some ways, it's the perfect time --- surely the coming of Pentecost infuse our spirits with enthusiasm for our faith: death is not the end; there is eternal life in Jesus Christ, who nourishes us now in the Eucharist and invites followers to a heavenly mansion He has prepared for us.