Too many people see that word—evangelize—and think it’s the exclusive domain of priests and nuns. But Christ calls us all to evangelize, to spread the Good News of his love and his kingdom. Easier said than done, though, for the rest of us. Here are three ideas that might help!
- Pray for people you don’t know. We’re all pretty good at praying for our family, our friends, our parishes. But there are millions of people out there who don’t have the benefit of baptism, the Eucharist, or the experience of Jesus. God hears you when you pray. Set aside a time to pray for all those who do not yet know him.
- Be conspicuously kind. St. Francis of Assisi said you may be the only Gospel your neighbor ever reads. The first step toward people noticing you as “different” from them is in exhibiting generosity of spirit and kindness.
- Invite others into your world. You may have a friend or coworker who has expressed some malaise to you. Invite them, gently, to a parish function or even to attend Mass with you. You don’t need to push anybody through the door, but you do need to open it to them.
There’s a lot of material around telling laypeople they need to take the lead in evangelization, but very little in explaining how. If you have ideas about how to bring others to Christ, we’d be delighted for you to share them!