We are Called to Evangelize

We all have the want and the need to talk about the things that we are excited about and things we like.

New movies or games, places to eat or visit you could say that we are constantly evangelizing to each other; we just keep talking about the easy stuff and keep the harder stuff to ourselves. This mindset gets us by but then we wander around thinking that no one really understands us or cares.

Why don’t we talk about the blessings that we have, the peace that we strive for or what we are really looking for?

jesus calles peter

JN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.

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This is my Son …. Listen to Him….

Why did Jesus the Son of God need to be Baptized?

Was he not already part of the family of God, He was the anointed One, what was the purpose?

Jesus was not baptized for His benefit; it was for ours. We needed the sign, the symbol, the permission to listen to him.

We live in a world that gives authority and value to experts, when was the last time that you did something, bought something or dined at a restaurant that you did not have a conversation about or influenced in some way.

Jesus’ baptism was God’s way of showing us that Jesus had His blessing and given authority and it is good to listen to Him.

So the Question is “Who are you listening to … God or the world”?

 OXYGEN VOLUME 13

MK 1:7-11

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”