Advent Reflection: Waiting To Be Asked

San Antonio Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú says that there are people sitting in our pews, homes and workplaces simply waiting to be asked: waiting to be invited to our churches and to the Church – that is, to Mass and other opportunities for worship and fellowship, and to become fully-initiated members of the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ for our good and for our salvation.

This week, on Prepare The Way, Bishop Cantú extends a challenge to every one of us: to become evangelizers! To reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to those around us, to those who have ceased practicing the Faith, to those who for whatever reason are no longer coming to Mass regularly and availing themselves of the graces we receive in the Sacraments of the Church.

“We are called to become those lights, those voices that call others to Christ… whether they be our neighbors, or someone who has abandoned their faith, or someone who is lonely, or someone who has not been to Church in years… Be that light: invite them to come to see Christ, the humility of Christ, this great hope that Jesus gives us in this Season of Christmas… We are called to point to Christ. That’s what Mary did: Mary, in her very quiet way, was able to lead people to Christ: “Do whatever he tells you.” We don’t need to be flashy, we don’t need to be terribly vocal, but in a simple way, in a clear way we can lead others to Christ.”

Bishop Cantú stated that we need to reach out to others and give the gift of ourselves, in humility and honesty, giving the gift of time with a home visit or a telephone conversation. We can do this individually as well as invite people to be a part of our family and parish celebrations – “ideal moments to invite those who may be lonely or may not have family in town”, Bishop Cantú said, so that they and we may remember that, on the ecclesial level, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

To the degree to which we reach out to others and see Christ in our neighbors, to that degree will we be judged mercifully at the end of our lives. Scripture assures us, as does the Church, that evangelization is good for the salvation of souls – the souls of others… and our own!

Be and share Good News with someone today. To help each one reach one person this Advent and Christmas Season, go to our website Advent section and download our Friendship Evangelization and Be Prepared To Be Used By God articles, and our Each One, Reach One pledge card. And be sure to tune into Prepare The Way this week and next week to enjoy the third and fourth Advent shows with Bishop Oscar Cantú. Stay tuned for Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller and Fr. George Montague, my Christmas Season guests. Prepare The Way airs on Mondays (11:30 am), Fridays (9:30 pm), and Saturdays (2:00 pm), but the Christmas Season airtimes are as follows:

Fourth Week of Advent; Christmas Day
Guest: Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller
Monday, December 20 (11:30 am-12:00 pm)
Tuesday, December 21 (6:30-7:00 pm)
Wednesday, December 22 (10:30-11:00 am)

Octave of Christmas
Guest: Fr. George Montague
Monday, December 27 (11:30 am-12:00 pm)
Tuesday, December 28 (6:30-7:00 pm)
Wednesday, December 29 (10:30-11:00 am)

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord and Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Guest: Fr. George Montague
Regular airtimes:
Monday, January 3 (11:30 am-12:00 pm)
Friday, January 7 (9:30-10:00 pm)
Saturday, January 8 (2:00-2:30 pm)

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