Monday, September 27, 2010

If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead

What happened to the rich man in today's Gospel?  - Fr Jose Maniyangat



Why did God send him to hell? 



Luke 16: 19 - 31
19     "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
20     And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz'arus, full of sores,
21     who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22     The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
23     and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz'arus in his bosom.
24     And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz'arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.'
25     But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz'arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
26     And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
27     And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house,
28     for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
29     But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
30     And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
31     He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"



Not because he was rich but because he didn’t do what he was supposed to do.

God gave him all the riches not for his luxurious life but to use that wealth to help the needy.
  1. He failed to help the needy.
  2. He failed to help the poor starving Lazarus.
  3. He was eating expensive food at the same time poor Lazarus was at his gate starving.

In the penitential rite we pray "I confess to Almighty God what I have done and what I have failed to do"

In today’s parable, Jesus says that there is an after life in which the justice of God prevails.

In this modern time we never hear from the leaders of the Church about
- sin,
- judgment,
- purgatory and
- hell

Jesus talked about them many times.

Now we hear only love, compassion, forgiveness and heaven.

Because of these teachings, a majority of Catholics don’t believe in
- sin,
- judgment,
- purgatory and
- hell.

So many don't believe there is a Satan and devils.

Don’t be fooled by modern preachers.

We are accountable for what we are doing. The result of sin is death.

We need to repent of our sins and make a good confession and come back to the Lord with a repent heart.

If not, we will have to go to hell and we cannot escape.

We have to suffer for eternity. Let us resist temptations and avoid all sins.


Heavenly Father, Your word has power to change hearts. Let Your powerful word help us to follow Your way.

Amen


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Catholic Church where people of all faiths seek divine power over diseases and evil

Fr Anthony Parankimalil V.C, who leads worship at the Vincentian Prayer House in Nairobi. Photo/ANTHONY NJOROGE


By MWAURA NDUNG’U
Saturday, June 5 2010

On a Saturday afternoon, under a mabati canopy in a compound on Amboseli Road in Lavington, Nairobi, masses of people gather to sing and dance in a manner so exuberant one might think pentacostal worship is underway.
But the beaming ushers holding rosaries and the display of catechisms for sale hint at the Roman Catholic church.

Welcome to the Vincentian Prayer House where Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Muslims and even atheists gather to seek divine intervention on various problems in their lives or to quench their spiritual thirst under the guidance of Catholic priests from India.
As the singing dies down, a priest in a white robe proclaims loudly that Jesus is aware of all sicknesses, sorrows and pains and, as the Bible says in Jeremiah 33:3, is available to answer all calls. Tears of joy flow from the eyes of those who believe their illnesses will be healed as others break into dance.
Monthly retreats
The Vincentian Fathers attract many people to their monthly retreats and daily prayer services.
Father Anthony Parankimalil VC, the director of the Vincentian Prayer House in Nairobi, says theirs is an evangelisation ministry which welcomes all people irrespective of their religion, caste, tribe or faith.
Are they part of the charismatic movement?
“We welcome even the atheists to know the love of God, and we minister through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit whereas the charismatic movement is for renewal within the Catholic Church.”

Nairobi’s Vincentian Prayer House belongs to the Vincentian Congregation which was founded in Kerala, India, on November 20, 1904 by Fr Varkey Kattatath.
It is based on the Common Rules of St Vincent de Paul, who is commonly known as the father of the poor because he preached to them in accordance with Luke 4:18 in which Jesus proclaimed: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor.”

According to Fr Anthony, the congregation has spread all over India and abroad to 15 countries including Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. There are 430 Vincentian priests.
In Kenya, the congregation is under the Archdiocese of Nairobi. Their prayer house was built in 2001 on the edge of Kawangware.
Grow in faith
Fr Anthony said their mission has two dimensions: to preach to the non-Christians so that they may be brought to the Christian faith and to Christians to help them grow in faith.
The Very Rev Fr Vincent Rathappillil VC is the regional superior of the Vincentian Fathers in East Africa. He is also the superior of the Vincentian Prayer House. The administrator of the prayer house, Fr Raphael Karalathukaran VC, is also actively involved in the ministry.
The prayer house has more than 200 members.

Father Joshy Kochukudiattil VC, the director of Tabor Retreat Centre in Mumbai, who visited Nairobi recently, said their congregation should not be thought to have broken with the traditional Catholic way of praying.

Scripture readings
Within the fixed structure of the Roman Catholic church, the Mass takes a common path: The scripture readings, the antiphons sung or recited during the entrance procession or communion, and the texts of the three prayers known as the collect, the prayer over the gifts, and the post-communion prayer (they vary each day according to the liturgical
season), the feast days of titles or events in the life of Christ, the feast days and commemorations of the saints, or for Masses for particular circumstances.

But the Vincentian Fathers say that there is much more that is not commonly practised.
“The Catholic church has a very rich tradition beyond what we may have seen. Eucharistic prayer is the centre of the Catholic faith, but it also has charismatic, meditative, liturgical, devotional and vocal prayers.
“Jesus, being a person with many different charisms (gifts of grace), the Catholic church also has many different congregations and organisations with very different charisms. We are not able to follow all of them, but only one means used by the Lord, that is, evangelisation.”

Fr. Joshy pointed out that the Vincentian Fathers follow the specific instruction of Christ as written in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you.”

He said in India, a predominantly Hindu country with a Muslim minority, about 4,000 non-Christians in Mumbai attend services at the Tabor Retreat Centre designed especially for them.
At the centre in Nairobi, people come from all over Kenya to attend the prayer services held every day but Sunday to give the priests a break and to allow people to attend services at their churches.
But Saturday is the main day when throngs converge on the compound for the Eucharistic adoration.
A priest leads the congregation in prayer, calling on them to repent their sins and forgive their enemies unconditionally.
After the prayer session, those who believe they have been “touched” by the Lord join the long queue to the pulpit to testify. Only a few get the chance, but they are cheered and applauded.
Why do some people say they have been healed of their illnesses while others go home without their miracle?

“It is the Lord who chooses whom to heal and when,” Fr Anthony says. “Those who come in full faith and have forgiven their enemies can expect the intervention of the Lord, and they have to receive the inner healing before they open themselves up for spiritual and physical healing.”
But many congregants still line up to seek the priest’s personal intervention, and he gives them a prescription from the Holy Scriptures.
Although the Vincentian Fathers do not advertise, their monthly retreats at their prayer house and the University of Nairobi are always full houses.
And now, for the first time, the congregation will hold a Bible convention at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park from July 21 to July 25 conducted by the two priests and the Rt Rev David Kamau, the auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nairobi.
Hundreds of believers have posted testimonies at www.vphnairobi.org, the congregation’s web site.

Living proof
Pamela Mandela, a human anatomy lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Chiromo campus, says she is living proof that everything is possible before God.
Dr Mandela says she suffered an attack of TB-meningitis last October which not only threatened her career but also her life. Her condition deteriorated after admission at the MP Shah Hospital.
“It was in January this year when I had lost all hope of living another day that a relative introduced me to Fr Anthony,” she says.
“At first I was hesitant, but my desperation pushed me to grab the opportunity,” says the don who also teaches doctors.
“The priest gave me some scriptures from the Holy Bible to read for a whole month, which I obediently did.
Immediately I finished the homework, I attended a five-day retreat at the centre, and Fr Anthony asked those experiencing body weaknesses to stand up. I did not because I was very weak, but he prayed for all of us.”
The following morning, she said, she suddenly gain “miraculous strength” and stood without support.
“I jumped up and down happily, and my relatives could not believe what had happened to me. My doctor could also not believe when I excitedly broke the news to him that I had fully recovered,” she said.
“I had to call my colleagues at the university who had planned to visit me on my death bed that very day. They were amazed to find me in the condition I was before the attack. It is a big miracle that God has given me another chance to live.”
For Agrippine Baraho, a Rwandan refugee, who is a single mother of 14-year-old twin daughters, there is no disease that is incurable to God.

“When I visited Vincentian Prayer House in 2007, I was in my final stage of HIV/Aids. My mission was to ask the priest to pray for my young daughters to get a responsible guardian as I was about to leave them for another world.”
She said she was sceptical at first when the priest asked whether she believed Jesus could heal her.
“He gave me some scriptures to read for a month and also asked me to be attending the Holy Mass every day and ensure I received the Holy Eucharist for a month. I am now well and weigh 73kg,” she said.
Peter Idenya, a widower and father whose two daughters are doctors says he suffered excruciating back pain for five years without a medical solution.
Changed my life
“Funny enough, my doctor advised me to try out prayers for healing and offered herself to bring me to the prayer house,” he said. “I had almost given up when, after attending the service two times without any improvement, my third day there changed my life entirely.”
“As Fr Anthony continued praying for the sick, I felt a strong wave akin to electric shock running from my head to my toes as I sat in my wheelchair. People were praying and loudly calling out to Jesus.

“The priest then asked people to kneel down, and I found myself on my knees which I had not been able to do since I became sick. Everyone, including me, was amazed by the turn of events. I kept jumping around singing for the Lord long after others had taken their seats.

“I am a living testimony there is healing power in the living God as now I am totally healed, and the pain is long gone,” he said.
Another congregant at the Vincentian Prayer House is Catherine Kuria, a career public servant who serves as a director of the Kenya Airports Authority board. She is a Roman Catholic and her daughter had abandoned her faith.
“I kept praying for her to come back to the faith she had been brought up in. After long prayers and attending last month’s Lenten retreat at the Vincentian Prayer House, she told me she had decided to return to her mother church.”

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fr Xavier Khan and Miracle of Rosa Mystica

Weeping Mother Mary

In August 2006 a servant of God who came to Sehion Retreat Center for retreat presented a picture of our Lady of Rosa Mystica which shed Blood Tears, to Rev. Fr. Xavier khan Vattayil, the Director of Sehion. 

Moved by a Divine inspiration Fr. Xavier Khan arranged a bigger reprint of 6 feet height of the same picture and blessed it and placed the picture in a small shed at the entrance of the compound. 

He named it as Mariankoodaram, a chapel, dedicated to our Lady of Rosa Mystica, where a group of intercession team incessantly pray for the conversion of sinners and Evangelisation of the world from, dawn till late at night, by reciting the Holy Rosary.


Our Lady shed tears from 4th to 8th September 2006

This is one among the many intercession centers in the compound. Besides, Fr. Khan and Sehion team also used to pray before this picture whenever time permitted. It was from this picture that Our Lady shed tears from 4th to 8th September 2006.

As usual, on September 4th 2006 the member in charge of the intercession group entered the chapel for cleaning and arrangements. She approached the picture to touch and venerate and to their utter surprise she saw tears running down from the eyes of the picture. Immediately the news spread all around. Many of the Rev. Fathers and Rev. Sisters rushed to the spot all on a sudden and witnessed this miracle.

Holy Rosary recited day and night by Palakkad Diocese

Hearing this news people from every part of Palakkad Diocese and from other dioceses far and wide came to witness this and pray. His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob Manathodath, who happened to be at Attappady on some official visit, also came to Mariankoodaram and prayed before the picture. 

Since this miracle many people have come over here and shared there grievances before this picture of Our Lady of Rosa Mistica and have experienced miraculous relief from than sicknesses and have obtained several blessings. 


Now Holy Rosaries are being recited day and night for the whole world. 


Another Miracle of Rosa Mystica from Kottayam, Kerala, India

This family was suffering from lot of diseases and other difficulties. Albin, a partially blind small boy was the first person to catch glimpse of this miracle.
In his total astonishment, he called his mother, a brain tumour patient to see this miracle. It was a view beyond their human imagination. Blood was pouring out from eyes of the picture of Rosa Mystica.

Albin was cured of braintumour - The partially blind boy and his mother who was suffering from brain tumour was cured after this incident. The smell of fragrance enveloped their whole house.

Hearing the news of this miracle, people came out in large numbers to their small house to see this miracle. In order to control the situation, the picture of Rosa Mystica (blood pouring) was taken to their Parish Church at Erumely for the public veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The family was gifted with another picture of Rosa Mystica for prayer by a priest . After few days, blood came out from the second picture of Rosa Mystica too. To avoid any controversies, the second picture of Rosa Mystica was also taken off from that family by the priest who gifted it to them.

Miracle Continues - Another picture of the Rosa Mystica was again given to them for prayers by the same priest. But the miracle continued in the third picture too. This brought faithful from all walks of life and distant places to the small house and the news went across the seas.

Hearing this miracle, a statue of Rosa Mystica was also gifted to them from Germany by one of the faithful. Soon the statue also became an instrument in the miracle. From the statue of Rosa Mystica also miracles started to happen in the form of oil,honey, and milk.

In the presence of hundreds of people - These miracles happened in the presence of hundreds of people and live video was also taken by persons who wants get a scientific opinion about these miracles. At present the picture and statue of Rosa Mystica are kept in the house itself for the benefit of the humble family and the faithful, but locked in a glass chamber by the priests in order to make sure that, it is out of any corruption and human touch.

Only priests are allowed to open the glass chambers to change the plates. But even today, the Miracle continues..... please watch the video link. Pictures and statues are just hand made things and we don't have to worship or venerate it. But Divine Power is showing its mighty presence in all objects and creatures to remind all of us to live in God's presence in our earthly life.

This miracle is interpreted as a call by the Blessed Virgin Mother to all her children (that means all human mankind) to come out from the bonds of sin and adore and worship Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Even though this miracle is only a symbol of God's power, May it helps us to open up our hearts to pour the divine grace to walk His Ways.

Virgin Mary Picture and Statue Seen Crying Tears Of Blood in Kerala

Blood pouring forth from Mother Mary's eyes (Rosa Mystica Picture). watch the video here.

 





Thursday, September 9, 2010

HEALING MASSES & RETREAT – SYDNEY - Divine Retreat


TABOR DIVINE RETREAT ASHRAM, 
KALYAN - INDIA
 
HEALING MASSES & RETREAT – SYDNEY
SEPTEMBER 2010

Fr.Joshi Kochukudiattil, V C
Director, Tabor Ashram, Kalyan- India

Fr. Antony Parankimalil, V C
Director, Vincentian Prayer House, Nairobi

Healing Mass & Retreat include
listening to the Word of God preached, 
Praise and Worship, 
Eucharistic Celebration, 
Adoration , 
Blessings & Healings – in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, The Divine Healer

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me Rev 3:20

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Mass Timings - 7 - 9PM

14th September 2010(Tuesday)
All Saints Church
48 George Street
Liverpool NSW 2170

15th September 2010 (Wednesday)
Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral
23 Yardley Avenue
Waitara NSW 2077

16th September 2010 (Thursday)
St.Ambrose Church
2 Burke Street
Concord (West) NSW 2138

17th September 2010 (Friday)
Our Lady of the Rosary Church
18 Vine Street
Fairfield NSW 2165
Mass Timings : 7pm to 9.30pm
 

“FAMILY RENEWAL WEEK-END RETREAT”

18th & 19th September 2010
Saturday – 10am – 5pm & Sunday – 11.30am to 6.30pm
All Welcome – No registration – (Street parking)
St. Mels Catholic Church
7 Evaline Street, Campsie NSW 2194
Tea & Coffee will be provided – Please byo lunch
Please bring your Bible and notepad


Fr Joshi the director of Tabor Ashram, Kalyan (near Mumbai, India). By the power of Holy Spirit, this catholic retreat centre is growing in strength in Kalyan, near Mumbai / Maharashtra (Indian) region. Every week, thousands of Muslims, Hindus, Christians and other religious come and experience the physical, mental and spiritual healing and the real power and promise of salvation of Jesus at all levels of their earthly and spiritual life.

We are blessed to have the Vincentian missionary priests in Sydney in September 2010, who have taken the divine challenge to evangelize by sowing the seeds of proclaiming the Good News and doing the miraculous Works of Christ in the NAME of Jesus as THE ONLY Saviour of the world and entire mankind.

Tabor Ashram is the Catholic Retreat Centre where the miracle of the Eucharist occured  
http://christtotheworld.blogspot.com/2009/12/eucharistic-miracle-at-tabor-bhavan-on.html



Divine Retreat Centre is the largest Catholic Retreat Centre in the world. Retreats in English and other Indian languages (Hindi, Konkani and Kannada) & Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu are held back-to-back non-stop every week of the year.

Retreats for Children and Bible Nursery for tiny tots are held simultaneously with the weekly retreats.

The Retreats start every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. and end on Friday by 2.00 p.m.

The cost per adult for the weekly retreat is Rs.300/- ( Three Hundred Indian Rupees ) only.

The cost per child ( 3 - 8 years old ) for the weekly retreat is Rs.150/- ( One Hundred and Fifty Indian Rupees ) only.

This retreat fee includes accommodation and all meals.

During the Retreat, special accommodation can be provided for bed-ridden retreatants upon prior information. Medical facilities are available. Ambulance service is available to transport the sick and disabled from Divine Nagar Railway Halt to Divine Retreat Centre.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Cry Aloud to the Lord and He Answers Me!


This prayer from the depth of the heart is a cry towards the Heavenly father
- Fr. Mathew Naikomparambil V.C

This is an expression of my deep faith and hope that God is my only refuge. God who has definite plans about us gives pains, sufferings and sorrows in the path leading to that plan. 

A person turns towards God and Christ, when he is convinced that nothing human or material can save him.


Jesus - Please reveal me your plan
“My God, My Lord, talk to me, I cannot take even one step forward, please guide me. Why have you given me sufferings, pains and sorrows? Lord, please reveal to me your plan about me.” 

When we cry loud like this, God will reveal himself to us. We will be convinced that these sufferings are to find God and to lift us to heaven.




Temporary happiness
Human plans are temporary—temporary happiness, safety for the time being, good name, fame, human approval, wealth…But God’s plan is forever. 

God gives us sufferings to teach justice
Therefore one who becomes fit for God’s love will have sufferings, weaknesses, and crosses. Giving all this He keeps us closer to Him. 

We must find time during the period of suffering to listen to God’s voice and to thirst for God’s love. Then we will get the grace to rise up with Jesus. We will receive blessings and strength from the Holy Spirit.


We are God's children
We’ll understand that we are God’s children. When we are in the depth of sufferings, contempt, and helplessness, sweet prayers, meditations and spiritual strength spring up.




One with Jesus
In this stage our eyes and ears are lifted to Calvary. There we can see God’s throne. We will realize the emptiness of all material aspirations.. Jesus extends in each moment of sufferings an eternal invitation to forsake sin, selfishness, and bodily comforts. God stands with us to lead us to the glory of resurrection.

“Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your teacher.” (Is.30:20)


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Prayer : ALLELUIA ! PRAISE THE LORD!

For all our brokenness
For all our weaknesses
For all our unhappy experiences
For all our infirmities
For all our failures
For all our humiliations
For all our rejections
For all our economic burdens
For the failures and weaknesses of our dear ones
For bringing out good even from evil
For the grace of death to sin and the new life in the Holy Spirit.
Lord, after every trial and crisis. You give us the grace to come closer to you,
liberating us from our self-centeredness.
Lord we thank You; Lord we Praise You

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WHY SHOULD WE PROCLAIM THE WORD?

Why do we proclaim the Word to those who have not heard about it? 

Aren’t all the religions ways of salvation? 

Won’t the speaking about Jesus and trying to convert members of other religions to Christianity bring about resentment from other religious groups? 

In a country like India, should not Word Proclamation be understood in a wider perspective? 

Wasn’t the salvation brought by Jesus for the entire mankind? 

Some of these are the doubts and questions that have often been raised by people in connection with Proclaiming the Word. In this context, let us talk about the things that the Bible tells us in connection with the Word Proclamation. 


THE PURPOSE OF THE COMING OF JESUS 
Jesus came to this world with the good news for the whole world. Informing the shepherds of the birth of Jesus, the angel said, “See, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). The coming of the Lord is meant for all. He is not the Saviour only of the Jews, but of the entire mankind. In the Gospel of Matthew we read of what this salvation consists of. “You are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21). 

All people are in bondage to sin. There is a necessity for all to get releases from this bondage. The entire Bible testifies to this truth and this can be clearly seen in the description given by St. Paul in his Letter to the Romans. “We have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside, together they have become worth-less; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one”(Rom3:9 12). 

The things that the apostle says commonly for all mankind are also true in the life of individuals. Those things are real in the life of each and every one of us. “I am the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not underst-and my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. …I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom7:14-25). 

In his Letter to the Galatians St. Paul testifies how a person gets salvation through faith in Christ. “We know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal 2:16). 

On the first Pentecost Day, St. Peter told this for all the people: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

Making it clear that it is through Jesus that all the people will get salvation, St. Peter said, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The testimonies and teachings of the apostles remain the beacons for the Church. 

If the Church deviates from these teachings, she won’t be true to the teachings of the apostles. Some years ago the Blessed Pope John Paul II sent out an Encyclical entitled Dominus Iesus. Through that he, as the Head of the Catholic Church, was only reiterating to the Catholics the traditional belief of the Church, standing firm in the teaching of the Bible. It was not a comparative study of religions by a social scientist or a historian. It was simply a reiteration of the traditional Catholic faith. 

The Pope was only carrying out his religious responsibility by reiterating this tenet. At the same time the late Pope John Paul II was a scholar, who, accepting the findings of modern theology, constantly reminded people of the principles taught by the Second Vatican Council. In the various speeches made during his celebrated world tours, he reiterated these principles. After all, the primary mission of any Pope, obviously, is faithfully propagating the teachings of Jesus. 


THE VERY WORDS OF JESUS 
After his passion, suffering and death, Jesus resurrected gloriously. He had selected a few of the apostles to continue with the mission he had initiated. “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). 

Jesus had reminded the apostles the things they had to do even before his ascension into heaven. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). 

By proclaiming the Word, the Church is simply carrying out the instructions that the Lord had given. The things we read in the Gospel of Matthew are repeated in the Gospel of Mark.

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16:15-16). 

Following these instructions given by the Lord, “they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it” (Mk 16:20). 

Proclaiming the Word has been something that Church has been carrying out since the time of the apostles. The Church has the right to continue with it until the Second Coming of Christ.

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