Saturday 18 October 2014

Saint Francis Xavier, Priest - Patron of Missions - Feast

In most jobs or forms of employment, people expect to receive some form of remuneration, salary, wages or pay. It is unlikely that people would work for free, as generally we need to make a living and survive in this world. Moreover, some people who have achieved a particular position or status in their employment may begin to feel proud of their success and some may begin to demand more benefits, more perks, or even a higher salary. But what about preaching the Good News? Is it a job, or is it something else?

In today's reading, St. Paul tells us that preaching the Good News is a duty which has been laid on him. He adds that he should be punished if he did not preach it, and that it is a responsibility which has been put into his hands. He continues to say that preaching the Good News is offered freely and that he made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and he does this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessings. When we look closely at what St. Paul has told us, we can begin to realise that preaching the Good News is a duty, a vocation and ought to be a joyful effort. We do it not for our personal gain or gratification, but for the glory of God.

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