Pray with... St Paul
Saint Paul is the patron of missions, so he too is our patron. At our core, we are a mission, and our goal is to evangelize, just as Paul's goal was to evangelize.
The above quote is from a passage in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, in which he claims he has become like a Jew to win over Jews, like a gentile to win over gentiles, like the weak to win over the weak.
Paul's evangelization style teaches us two things. First: we need to be willing to, as Pope Francis has said, go out to the peripheries. We can't wait for the unevangelized to come knocking on our door. We need to meet them where they are, speaking to them in their language, intimately relating to their life experience, and being truly available to them as a friend and bearer of the Good News. This means if people are watching TV, we should be there with arms open to receive them. If people are using social media, we should be there too, ready to encounter them. If we can truly meet others where they are while witnessing to Jesus, God will do the work from there.
Second: our salvation depends on this. Paul says that he does what he does for the sake of the Gospel, so that he too "my have a share in it". His spreading of the Gospel is not only a participation in the Lord's saving work; it's also key to his own salvation. We can't just hear the Gospel and then sit on it, as if that were the end of Christ's work in us. It's essential that we share this Good News to whatever extent we are able.
Let's pray with St Paul for all evangelization efforts.
St Paul, you became all things for all people,
placing yourself totally at the service of others,
and putting aside your own self in order to do so.
Pray for us, that we might have the grace
to come out of ourselves
and to take advantage of the amazing tools available to us,
which allow us to encounter others across great distances.
Pray that we might be help in God's saving work.
Thank you for praying with us through the intercession of St Paul the Apostle. Will you consider contributing to the financial needs of our mission? We appreciate any support you can offer us!
(Originally published 3/15/2015)