Octave of Easter

Ambassadors for Chirst

All Christians can (and should!) be thankful that Jesus has made peace between us and God. But what about everyone else?

Jesus offers his peace to all people in every place and in every age. He wants those who do not yet acknowledge him as Lord to accept his peace. But he makes his offer through us, his chosen messengers:

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
— 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

In addition to making sure that we accept Christ's peace for ourselves, we should extend it to others. This is the mission of evangelization that belongs to every member of the Church: to make known God's love and mercy and bring others into his peace. By sharing the Gospel and helping others enter into a relationship with Christ and his Church, we act as "ambassadors for Christ" and carry out the "ministry of reconciliation." Here are some resources to help you with evangelization:

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.

This collect prayer begins the Mass for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Jesus is calling us to "take up battle against spiritual evils." We'll explore fasting itself in a few weeks; during the week of Ash Wednesday, we're going to dig into an important set of weapons the Lord gives us to fight evil: sacramentals.

What's a sacramental? Well, if you attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, you're probably going to receive one on your forehead.