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St. John of Capistrano


Ephesians 4:7-16
Psalm 122:1-5
Luke 13:1-9

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evangelize or else!

"Perhaps it will bear fruit. If not, it shall be cut down." —Luke 13:9

Jesus said that we either bear fruit or get cut down. We either lead people to Christ or come to a tragic end (see Lk 13:3, 5). Why is Jesus so strict with us? It is because He loves people so much, because people desperately need to hear the message of salvation, and because the Lord has decided to work through us in leading people to Him. Since we have the words which can lead people to eternal life, we have an awesome responsibility to speak up for Jesus. "When much has been given a man, much will be required of him" (Lk 12:48).

Therefore, "preaching the gospel is not the subject of a boast; I am under compulsion and have no choice. I am ruined if I do not preach" (1 Cor 9:16). "I have made myself all things to all men in order to save at least some of them. In fact, I do all that I do for the sake of the gospel" (1 Cor 9:22-23). "All that matters is that in any and every way, whether from specious motives or genuine ones, Christ is being proclaimed!" (Phil 1:18) "In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingly power, I charge you to preach the word, to stay with this task whether convenient or inconvenient" (2 Tm 4:1-2). "I put no value on my life if only I can finish my race and complete the service to which I have been assigned by the Lord Jesus, bearing witness to the gospel of God's grace" (Acts 20:24).

Proclaim the gospel, witness for Jesus, and bear fruit in His kingdom, or be cut down.

Prayer:  Father, may I be willing to die to lead people to accept Jesus as Lord.

Promise:  "Let us profess the truth in love and grow to the full maturity of Christ the Head." —Eph 4:15

Praise:  St. John Capistrano led the victorious Christians in the battle of Belgrade and still leads by his example of deep faith coupled with practical action.

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2010

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