‘For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines, I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’ What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.’
St Paul was not afraid to tackle the key issues of faith. He believed and he preached about Jesus. Every moment was an opportunity to talk about his faith, his hope and his vision that others would believe.
There are many moments now in our time where we need to have the courage of St Paul to talk openly about our faith. Evangelisation is not a theory. It is an activity that we can all participate in. It can be summed up in those words, ‘I proclaim to you.’ Some people now live lives without God. It is now important for all believers to seek out moments and take opportunities to ‘proclaim’ that Jesus is alive. God is alive and relevant. It is up to all of us believers to remind all those whom we encounter that God has a plan and purpose for each of us.
Just as the angel said to Mary, ‘do not be afraid.’ We need to have courage and the belief that we can walk around and proclaim Jesus in our words and in our actions. Mary’s words in scripture are few, but profound. ‘Do as he says’ she reminded the people at the wedding in Cana. Our invitation this day is to ‘Do’ what Jesus said and to have the courage and conviction to tell others about our hope.