Running with Good News
Coming from India to the United States, I’ve become more aware of the value of time. People are so busy here, and everyone travels in cars— it seems like the whole city is moving! Each person is meticulously scheduled, and it makes sense to me that some people say they don’t have time to pray.
Many people I’ve met say they have learned to say short prayers, even while they move. Some pray the Rosary while driving, others listen to Catholic radio stations, or listen to devotional songs. Some have even learned to meditate while they move. I have even been enlightened by seeing some people carrying pocket bibles with them and reading whenever time allows.
We see just this type of busy personality with the Ethiopian from 1 ACTS 8:27-31:
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and join up with that chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
The Ethiopian is reading scripture while he moves, perhaps making a strong foundation of spirituality for those who are very busy or travel a lot. The Risen Lord opens up a ministry through Philip - serving people who are very busy. And at the end of the story, the Ethiopian journeyed home to bring the faith to his own country. Like Philip, we need to run with the Good News to those on the move.
All around us there are people who are truly looking for the Good News, but they do not know where to go or how to find it. We must move according to their speed and rhythm to preach them the Good News. That seems to be the motto of Pope Francis, even though he is misunderstood in many cases. He asks us to look around and see how others move, how others live. He encourages us to build up our desire to let the joy of the Gospel shine on the lives of all who are ready to welcome it.
Instead of condemning or side-lining others, move towards them. Then the Holy Spirit will enable you to preach the Good News.