PODCAST | The Ascension: Bringing Christ to the Periphery
In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio reflects on Christ’s last words before his Ascension issuing the commission to his disciples to preach the Gospel to every creature. In fact this commission is a “global apostolic assignment” that will remain until the end of time. It is an assignment, “to make disciples of all nations,” that reaches us today and should encompass every dimension of our lives as Christians.
“Out of a hundred souls we are interested in a hundred,” said St. Josemaria Escriva. This means, as Fr. Peter explains, that “we need to reach for the peripheries… those people completely alienated from Christ.” To do this effectively will require that we get out of our comfort zones with God’s help. It also requires that our apostolic spirit and evangelization “come from the heart and from the gut,” says Fr. Peter. “We have to love so much that we will take the risk of being rejected, and being judged, and being labeled.”