We are called to share our faith and preach the good news of Jesus Christ:
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!'” -Romans 10:12-15, NAB
What fantastic news – everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! If we could only get the whole world to turn their lives over to Christ, the world might be a much different place. Why don’t more people accept this truth? Some simply choose not to believe, but there are others who have never even heard the message.
Today’s verse breaks down the process and follows a simple, logical path. In order to believe in Christ, people must first hear about Him. To hear about Him, someone must first tell them about Him. Put another way, it is our duty as Catholics and Christians to share the Gospel message so that those who have not heard may share in the same knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It seems simple enough. As long as there are people out there sharing the good news of Christ, people will be saved. Often times, this leads us to rationalize that everything is being taken care of. We don’t need to go out and preach to the world because there are already people taking care of that. Unfortunately, a small percentage of Catholics are doing the larger percentage of work.
I have heard statistics (albeit they may be somewhat impossible to quantify) that 8 or 10 percent of Catholics doing 80 to 90 percent of the work. You may have heard a similar statistic. These people are doing a wonderful job of spreading the good news, but they can only do so much. For all of the good that they are doing, imagine for a moment if that number went up from 10 to 20 percent. Just 20 percent of Catholics actively spreading their faith. That’s double the amount of work that is done! Imagine the possibilities!
In today’s verse, it says, “And how can people preach unless they are sent?” Let me tell you, friend, you are being sent. One of our duties as Catholics is to share the Gospel message with whoever will listen. If you are one of the 10 percent, I want to thank you for the work you do. If you are a part of the 90 percent, I want to encourage you to stand up for your faith. Let’s take our faith beyond the pew and take the beautiful Gospel message out into the world. We may never reach 20 percent, but maybe you can help us reach 11.