Communicating The Good News Of Hope To Our World
Readings: 1st: Acts 1: 12-14; Ps 26: 1.4.7-8; 2nd: 1Pt 4: 13-16; Gos Jn 17: 1-11
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, the 7th Sunday of Easter is World Communications Day, which anticipates Pentecost. This is because, the Holy Spirit is the Chief Communicator who enlightens us on what to do, and how to communicate. Hence, as we celebrate today, we invite Him to help, and to make us both effective listeners and communicators of the word of God to our world.
In today’s first reading, the church reminds us of the need to be courageous like the early disciples of Jesus. For us to effectively communicate Christ to our world, we must first wait on the Lord and the Holy Spirit to fill and empower us. Communicating the good news is not an easy task. One must be well educated and prepared by the Holy Spirit. This is because, the message we are to communicate is not ours. Hence, Christ exhorts us today: “Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift I told you about…” (Acts 1: 5).
In the second reading, Peter reminds us that communicating the good news to the world will definitely not be an easy task. However, we should be consoled by the fact that, “we have some share in the sufferings of Christ.” Therefore, the obstacles and challenges we encounter must be seen as our contribution to the good news of salvation. Hence, Peter encourages us to remain steadfast in the mission of communicating the good news to our world.
Furthermore, in today’s gospel, having completed his mission according to the mind of the Father, Jesus confidently, requested the Father to glorify Him. It is important to note that this confidence came from the quality of work He did for the Father. He communicated eternal life to his disciples.
As we celebrate World Communications Day today, a very important question is, what do we communicate to our world, and how do we do it? The Holy Father in His message (“Communicating trust and hope”) on this 51st World Communication Day gives us a clue: “Our hope based on the good news, which is Jesus himself, makes us lift up our eyes to contemplate the Lord in the liturgical celebration of the Ascension…By the power of the Holy Spirit we can be witnesses and communicators of a new and redeemed humanity even to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:7 8).”
Confidence in the seed of God’s Kingdom and in the mystery of Easter should also shape the way we communicate. This confidence enables us to carry out our work in all the different ways that communication takes place today. This is, the conviction that it is possible to recognize the good news present in every story and in the face of each person.
Therefore, we are to communicate hope to our world where the future of humanity seems bleak. We are to communicate love to a world full of hatred. We are to communicate peace to a world in total chaos, just as Christ himself communicated it to his disciple, “peace be with you, (John 19, 21). We must communicate unity to a world so divided, as Christ prayed for it, “may they be one,” (John 17, 21). We must communicate justice to a world with an unprecedented and scandalous gap between the poor and the rich. We must communicate Eternal Life to a world that seems to be approaching its “zero and death point.”
Finally, as we celebrate World Communications Day this Sunday, let us pray to God to grant us the Spirit that will help us to communicate the good news of Christ to our world. Therefore, let us invite Him: “Come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of the faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love. Alleluia, alleluia.
Peace be with you all!