"t is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities." Acts 15:27
How comforting it is to learn than the Holy Spirit does not want to burden us with anything beyond the necessities of the Gospel. Of course, there have been and will be thousands of discussions about what the necessities are at any given time in history. These days, for instance, it should be clear to any person committed to the Gospel that one of the necessities is making sure during the time of Covid 19 that every person in need of medical help, no matter where they live in the world, have access to it, and of course this is a problem and a burden for those of us living in the developed world.
Unless we work towards a world that values every person as a child of God, precious and important, we cannot say we are living the Gospel. The Good News is this. God sent Jesus to alert everyone to the knowledge and truth of God's unconditional love for all God's children. Those already blessed with faith have two simple obligations. They must proclaim this truth with their lives of witness and service, and they must help create a world where every person is valued as a child of living God. Without these commitments, there is no reason for people who have never heard the word to listen or respond by seeking Baptism.
Today, sit quietly and ask yourself how well the Good News is being heard through your witness.
Who helped you understand the fullness of God's message and love?