Friday, July 3
Feast of Thomas, apostle
Recipe for new evangelization: listen, share, love
Doubt will always exist alongside faith. Do you ever feel a kinship with the unbelieving Thomas? And what is your attitude toward those who don’t believe? Would you remain Thomas’ patient friend or would you get into endless arguments? The “new” evangelization, the call to all of us to share in the church’s role of proclaiming the faith, reminds us that we fulfill the role of evangelizers by walking with those who struggle, those who do not believe. Ours is not to browbeat or bombard them with clever challenges or Bible quotations. Just listen, share your own faith, and love them. That is what God does.
Today’s readings: Ephesians 2:19-22; John 20:24-29 (593). “Do not be unbelieving, but believe.”