From the Gospel for this coming Sunday:
“Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.” You can read the whole passage here: John 12:20-33
“We wish to see Jesus…”
As I write, members of dioceses from across the Episcopal Church are gathered in Cleveland for a conference titled “Evangelism Matters.” The “E” word often makes people uncomfortable – visions of bible-thumping people on street corners, or blaring through radios or television screens.
It’s time to redeem the word. Evangelism comes from a Greek word that means “Good News.” The Greeks from this gospel passage were foreigners, who had most likely heard something about Jesus, and wanted to know more. Philip, for some reason, seemed a likely source for information. So they asked. But the request is not always so obvious.
As people of God, as followers of Jesus, we are called to share the “Good News” of God’s love, of Jesus teachings and ministry. Sometimes we use words. Most often, though, we share this good news by how we act, how we treat other people, how we live our lives. May we all follow that call to see Jesus, and may we share what we have seen and heard. It’s all evangelism, and evangelism matters.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,