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Our Lady of Fatima

Acts 15:1-6
Psalm 122
John 15:1-8

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"He who lives in Me and I in him, will produce abundantly, for apart from Me you can do nothing." —John 15:5

Jesus' analogy of the vine and the branches is a simple and picturesque way of stating that we must bear fruit through evangelization or else. If we do not evangelize:

  • Three to four billion people will not hear the good news of salvation.
  • We will be sinning against the Lord by our disobedience.
  • We ourselves will "be thrown in the fire and burnt" (Jn 15:6).
  • We will not be happy and fulfilled, since we were created to evangelize.
  • Our churches will be decimated.
  • The body of Christ will be in danger of spiritual atrophy because of not functioning properly.
  • The members of the Church will be fighting among themselves rather than fighting the forces of hell.

Consider this last effect of not evangelizing. If we're not doing what we're supposed to do, we'll do what we're not supposed to do. If we're not minding our business, we'll mind everyone else's. If we're not fighting the devil, we'll fight each other. If we don't dispense the ration of grain, we'll abuse our fellow servants (Lk 12:42, 45). We must evangelize to win the world for Christ and to keep from losing our relationships with God and each other.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I try to introduce one person to You each day of the Easter season.

Promise:  They told "everyone about the conversion of the Gentiles as they went. Their story caused great joy." —Acts 15:3

Praise:  The first thing Our Lady of Fatima did was teach the children how to pray.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Evangelization on audio AV 58-3 or video V-58.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 3, 2008

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