Guest blog post by Peter Dimambro of the Leamington Evangelisation Team (originally written for the Leamington Spa Courier).
As a Christian I try to keep up to date with what is going on in today’s world and see how that links with Jesus and his teaching. Pope Francis comes up with gems and makes what Jesus says really relevant to me. One gem from him [The Joy of the Gospel] is his simple basic summary of the Good News of the Gospel: “Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you.”
This is something we at St Peter’s Leamington are becoming increasingly aware of. We are indeed commanded as a Christian community to share the Good News with others. It is often not easy to do this as many strangers, friends and even family members are not interested in knowing about the love Jesus has for them. I love my wife. If she was not interested in me and never talked to me, how would I feel? I guess you could imagine.
I similarly wonder how Jesus feels and how he waits for us to talk to him. We have a parish visiting team and go out to share the Good News on a regular basis. I need to continually remind myself that it is actually God doing the work of passing on – or sharing – the Good News through me.
In addition, on Saturday 25 th June from 11am to 4pm at The Dormer Conference Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa we are having an event to help our Catholic community in learning more about simple ways to share our faith. It is called Proclaim Warwick. Part of the prayer we will be saying at the gathering is:-
Loving Father, you so loved the world that you sent us your only Son, that we might believe in him and have eternal life. May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy.
St Peter Apostle Catholic church, Leamington Spa