I love the fact that on the Feast of John the Baptist, the Gospel doesn’t talk about him as much as it does his parents. We hear the story of Zechariah and his lack of faith that caused his mouth to be closed, but then the proclamation that again opened his mouth in order to praise God.
One could see this moment in scripture as the pre-evangelization. We all know that John the Baptist came to preach the name of Jesus and to evangelize, but oftentimes we need someone to come even before that and soften our hearts with a miracle, a prayer, an exclamation, or even just simply sitting and being with us.
This was certainly the case for Zechariah. He was literally visited by the Lord and did not believe that God had the power to give them a son. He needed a little miracle before he was to believe anything his son would later proclaim about Jesus.
Think about your family right now. Who is that one person who needs you to step in with that pre-evangelization? That smile, that prayer, that hug, that miracle granted by the Lord. Sometimes showing our genuine care preaches the Gospel more than literally preaching from the Gospel.
I can remember one time in my life where I was speaking at a retreat and there was a kid attending who was making fun the whole time and being obnoxious. I basically wrote him off as someone who would not find the Lord. After adoration, I saw him crying in the corner and at first, I didn’t believe it was genuine, but I went over and asked him how he was doing. He broke down over the next hour telling me about the profound experience he had in adoration and how it changed his life.
This kid was listening through the talks. He may not have wanted to admit it at first, but his walls were breaking down, and then Jesus came and did the ultimate conversion.
Who is that person in your life that needs their walls broken down just a little so they can listen to the Lord? I pray we all find one today and reach out and ask how they are doing and if we can pray for them. It may make all the difference. God Bless!
Tommy Shultz is Director of Evangelization for the North Allegan Catholic Collaborative and the founder of Rodzinka Ministries. In these roles, he is committed to bringing all those he meets into a deeper relationship with Christ. Tommy has a heart and a flair for inspiring people to live their faith every day. He has worked in various youth ministry, adult ministry, and diocesan roles. He has been a featured speaker at retreats and events across the country. His mission and drive have been especially inspired by St. John Paul II’s teachings. Tommy is blessed to be able to learn from the numerous parishes he visits and pass that experience on in his presentations. With a degree in Theology from Franciscan University, Tommy hopes to use his knowledge to help all people understand the beauty of The Faith.