Thomas G. Cronin
Thomas G. Cronin
I am blessed to facilitate many meetings at parishes about parish and Church mission, but I would like to go with a micro approach in this week’s column and focus on our own personal mission.

Last week, Jesus fulfilled His earthly mission through His passion, death and resurrection. What’s our purpose? What’s our life’s mission?

Our life is a journey consisting of peaks and valleys. Everyone has a story and we all have struggles. How we react to and overcome those struggles makes us who we are. The manner in which we carry our cross defines our character and provides opportunities for us to trust in God’s will for our lives, not our own will.

A deeply spiritual and intentional Lent can provide the “re-set” needed for us to re-center ourselves around Christ’s love for us. Jesus sacrificed everything for us and He wants us to live a joyful life. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of the busy, secular world that we live in. Take some time to reflect back and critically assess your Lenten journey. If it didn’t bear the fruit you originally intended, there is no need to hang your head. I was inspired last week by a homily from Father Randy Patterson in which he stated, “The success of our Lenten journey comes after Easter. How we live our life after Easter is what matters!” I found that message refreshing, especially coming off a Lenten season that I felt lacked personal focus due to an extra busy schedule.

I feel energized in having a second chance and you should too. Easter is the most important Christian feast and we must celebrate Jesus’ victory in everything we do during this Easter season and beyond. I like to reflect on this passage from 1 John 3:16-18, “The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.”

It has been said that you can’t give what you don’t have and that is certainly true regarding evangelization. We must personally know and deeply love Christ before we can expect to share that love with others. So, let’s focus on getting ourselves right for the greater good of helping our brothers and sisters in Christ find salvation. When we each critically assess our role and stay intentionally focused on the mission, great things will happen when our purpose is aligned to God’s purpose for us. The power of the Holy Spirit will enable us to do things we never imagined.

Please contact me with any questions about boosting evangelization efforts at your parish at Thomas.Cronin@rcda.org or by visiting www.rcda.org/evangelization. Follow me on Instagram: tom_rcda.