Preaching is a dirty word for some. After all, no one wants to be thought of as being preachy. But preaching is essential.
In today's second reading from 1 Corinthians 9, St. Paul speaks of his obligation to preach the gospel. And in the Gospel reading from Mark 1, Jesus says of preaching, "For this purpose I have come."
As disciples of Christ, we also have an obligation to preach. How we go about it may be different for each of us. We "preach" in many different ways. For some it is with words. For others, acts of service or kindness. But make no mistake, people get the message we are preaching. Let's be sure that the message of Christ Jesus comes through loud and clear.
Father, may we preach the gospel at all times, in whatever way you call us to. Amen.