This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1.6
A Word of Hope
The first time I heard the song “I’ve Been Changed” I could feel my whole spirit leap with liberation as I exhaled years of criticisms and negative beliefs others had imposed upon me. As tears of happiness streamed down my face, I sang at the top of my lungs the chorus of “I’ve been changed by your Glory, changed by your Mercy and changed by your Marvelous Grace”!
Hearing the gospel about Jesus Christ as the Son of God, brings promised hope to all humankind. Since God tells the truth, we can be assured this gospel is God-given good news and can be depended upon for eternity. This promise of hope the gospel gives to us is real: it is a living, dynamic experience of the heart. The true Christian knows when you commit your life to the service of God, the hope of everlasting love begins to burn brightly within your soul. This hope contrasts sharply with other “hopes” in life which carry a lot of uncertainty. Unlike studying for a test where in the end you hope you pass because of the work you put into it, the hope of Gods eternal love burns more brightly; for the reason it isn’t dependent upon us, as everything has already been done for us in love. The way has been made and the price has been paid – we just need to follow the wisdom and examples of Jesus.
For me personally, one of the most endearing moments in Eucharistic Ministry, is sharing the news God’s unconditional love is everlasting and for all humankind. It doesn’t exclude any person for any reason. It’s not an exclusive club in which to belong, its an inclusive family into which we have all been born.
Creator God give us the courage to admit as followers of Christ, we have all been ordained to share the good news of everlasting love. Amen