Evangelizing…

Having studied and prepared for this last Sunday’s homily, it struck me what St. Peter says in his Pentecost sermon. Quoting the prophet Joel, the apostle preaches the word of the Lord: “‘In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,’ declares the Lord.” All flesh.
We often say that the pouring out is through Baptism, and I don’t disagree, but perhaps there is more(?).
How does the Father pour out the Spirit? Through the Son. When? On the cross (breathed out His Spirit); at Pentecost; in Jn. 20:21 (among others?). But we choose sides: is it an outpouring for salvation? For ministry? For judgment? Yes.
The Spirit of the Lord has been poured out on all flesh, just as the Christ died not for our sins only, but for the sins of the whole world. Pentecost was the sign for this. Perhaps when evangelizing (when “gospeling” the unbeliever), instead of trying to simply and only convince him that Jesus died for his sins and was raised for his justification, as it is often the case that sinners don’t think they either sin or need to be justified, perhaps we ought say to the sinner, “Of course you need to gather to Christ (which is better than saying, “Go to church”) Your Lord and your God has poured out His Spirit on you. Therefore repent and be baptized and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children.”
Our Lord Jesus is their Lord and their God. Their unbelief does not make Him any less so, even as it condemns them. Moreover, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Now, no one says, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Spirit.

Something to ponder.

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