April 15, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

‘PREACHING AT ALL TIMES’ (CATECHESIS FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY (B)

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie

Dearest friends, In our world today, a number of Christians no longer see the need to keep PREACHING the Gospel Message. In fact, recently, a friend of mine confronted me and demanded to know why I should keep preaching. According to him, whatever I am trying to say are things people already know. I think the reason for the above is failure to understand our DIVINE MANDATE as Christians.

Well, as CHRISTIANS, through our BAPTISM, we have received the MANDATE to always PREACH the Gospel message of Jesus Christ at ALL TIMES; in Season and out of Season (cf. 2 Tim 4:2, CCC n. 1270). This mandate is one that is quite demanding and must be accounted for (cf. Cor 9:17). The truth is that the more people continue to hear the Gospel message, the more they are offered opportunities to review their life choices and become better disposed for the Kingdom of God.

Now, just like Jesus Christ himself and of course, St. Paul, we should dedicate our whole being to this all important Divine Mandate of PREACHING; exploring every possible means and opportunities for it. Worthy of note is the unlimited opportunities that the MODERN MEDIA has offered us. Thus, preaching the Gospel message through the MEDIA is as URGENT as anything we can imagine. The Gospel message would be able to counter a lot of erroneous teachings and ideologies being propagated through the media and then show the people the true path to life. The question is: do you also talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and your faith through your Social Media handles: Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Tiktok, etc.? Pope St. Paul VI rightly said that We would stand GUILTY before Jesus Christ, if we fail to utilize the Modern MEDIA for the good of the Gospel and Humanity (cf. Evangelii Nuntiandi n. 45).

We pray the Blessed Virgin Mary to always support us with her powerful intercession. Amen🙏🏼

(cf. CATECHESIS ‘NKUZI NKE OKWUKWE’ FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME (B);
READINGS: R1: Job 7:1-4.6-7, R2: 1 Cor 9:16-19.22-23, Gosp. Mk 1:29-39)

Happy Sunday and remain blessed!

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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