The first “Mark of Love” invites us to “proclaim the good news of the kingdom.” As Br. David Vryhof explains in this introduction to the second week of the series, when we receive good news, we want to share it. How has the good news of God touched your life?
Transcript: Throughout this week, we’ll be exploring the First Mark of Love, or the First Mark of Mission, and that is “to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God.” The gospels tell us when Jesus came and began his ministry, he proclaimed the Kingdom of God, and he called people to repent and to believe. What is this Good News of God?
Jesus at one point entered the synagogue of his hometown in Nazareth and read from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He quoted these words from Isaiah: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” This is Jesus’ “mission statement,” as it were – his understanding of his particular call, his vocation, his purpose for being in the world that was related to the purposes of God. This is his vocation, to proclaim Good News to the poor, release from captivity, sight for the blind. Jesus’ message is a message of healing and of hope, of love and of liberty, of freedom and the restoration of God’s intent for us.
Jesus shares this Good News with us. When we receive good news, we want to pass it on to others. And so this week we will be exploring what this Good News is for each one of us. How has the Good News of the Gospel touched your life? What effect has Jesus and God’s life within you made on the way that you live? And how can you share this Good News with others, both by your words and by your actions?
So we invite you to join us this week in praying about and thinking about the Good News of God in Christ. The Good News of God’s coming reign on the earth, a reign for which we pray, “Thy Kingdom come and thy will be done.”
– Br. David Vryhof
Who has been a channel of God’s grace for you? In conversation or over email this week, reach out to five people to find out how they came to know God’s love. How does the Good News shape the way they live? Reflect on how you are inspired by their witness and examples.