It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a piece of news travels around the world. It only takes a few moments for something to be typed into a computer or video taped and then it makes its way around the world. A blast heard in London will instantly be heard across the ocean in the United States, while the funeral of a renowned person will be shown throughout the rest of the world in a matter of hours. All of this is thanks to the miracle of technology, but what about those centuries when technology is not what it is today? How did Christianity spread from one corner of Palestine to the rest of the world?
In more ways than one, it was the working of God Himself that allowed the Good News to be spread throughout the Roman world. Through the Apostles, whom Christ had chosen among His disciples, Our Lord became known to countless Gentiles all over the Mediterranean world. From the coasts of northern Africa to India, the apostles wandered throughout the world preaching a Gospel that would sometimes be ridiculed and for which they would be martyred. Yet it was a Gospel that gave life and that still gives life to us who believe.
Yet the preaching did not stop with the last of the Apostles, it has continued through the centuries by the sacrifice of countless missionaries. Among them one can think of such names as Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Sts. Vladimir and Olga, St. Joseph of Arimathea, St. Patrick, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Augustine of Canterbury. All of these men and women sough to evangelize the countries in which they lived and worked. Conversions occurred whether in a trickle or en masse and the Good News continued to be spread.
In our own time, the internet can be seen as an excellent to evangelize those that would not hear God’s mesage. Although it can be used for many different purposes, it is a way for us to evangelize. Whether we like it or not, each and every one of us is obligated to spread the Gospel through any way that we know. Be it through word, deed, or some other means, Christ’s command to His disciples rings in our ears today. Let us not cease then to preach the Gospel wherever it has not been heard and, as St. Therese once wrote, let us strive to plan the Cross wherever it is not seen.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
All ye Holy Apostles, pray for us!
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, pray for us!
Sts. Vladimir and Olga, pray for us!
St. Francis Xavier, pray for us!