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After three years of being with Him for His public ministry, the Apostles were about to say goodbye to Jesus. The last thing that He told them before He Ascended into Heaven became known as the Great Commission. He instructed the eleven to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). It’s a big task, but Jesus gave it to them knowing that it was something that they could do. As His disciples, we’re also called to do our part in proclaiming the Gospel to every creature.
We’re all invited to be part of the Great Commission. By our baptism, and as followers of Christ we’re called to share the Gospel. At first, this might seem like a daunting endeavor. You might wonder how you can make Christ known to others, but God gives you the ability to do this. We all have different gifts and talents, so we all share the Gospel differently.
Teachers can share the Gospel by teaching it to their students. Missionaries and volunteers can also do this by being like Jesus to others and sharing His love and mercy. Priests, deacons, sisters, and those in religious life give us examples of the love that Jesus and the Church have for each other. Wives and husbands show us what sacrificial love looks like, and when they become mothers and fathers, their children are their disciples as they raise them in the Church.
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Whatever your gifts are and whatever your vocation is, you have a role to play in the Great Commission. Jesus calls us to share the Gospel in unique ways, and the way that He invites you to share the Gospel is the way that only you can. However you proclaim the Gospel, proclaim it with joyfully, overflowing with the love you have for Christ.
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