The Fifth Gospel

You can attract more bees with a spoonful of honey than with a barrel of vinegar

Before thinking that I have just committed heresy by adding another gospel to the existing 4, I invite you to continue reading further to know more.

Before leaving this earth, Jesus said to his disciples,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Christ has given each of us a command to tell as many people as we can about Him. It is however very surprising to know that many haven’t even heard about Jesus Christ.

It reminds me of a small story. A young French soldier while at war was shot outside the Cathedral of the Notre Dame. As he bled profusely, a nun ran up to Him and told him that if he believed in Jesus Christ he would be saved. He replied to her saying, “I haven’t ever heard of Jesus Christ” and he breathed his last.

The above story stresses the great commission that has been given to us to spread the gospel.

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“The story of Jesus is to be proclaimed and celebrated. Some will hear and rejoice, some will remain indifferent, some will become hostile. The story of Jesus will not always be accepted, but it must be told.” (Fr. Henri Nouwen)

Very often though, there’s so much confusion within the church and then there are many different messages from the pulpit surrounding what it means to be a Christian that even the true follower of Christ struggles to follow.
Non-Christians on seeing this division tend to see Christians as hypocrites, as some don’t live out the message that they claim to adhere to and preach. We often come across as being unloving and self-righteous.

“The trouble is that everyone talks about reforming others and no one thinks about reforming himself.” (St. Peter of Alcantara)

It is essential therefore for believers to live out the gospel and this can happen only if we rely completely on Jesus. In essence, we, by living out the teachings of Jesus Christ are in a way writing our own gospel which I like to call as the 5th gospel. St. Francis of Assisi hits the nail on the head when he says –

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”

The gospel that we live out is quite contrary to that which the world teaches us. We try to love where there is hatred, we hope where all hope is lost, persevere when others give up, we are patient when others grumble, we bless when others curse, we try to live in harmony when others destroy and we are not overcome by evil but strive to overcome evil with good. (c.f. Romans 12:9-24)

We as Christians need to realize that our purpose – our aim in life — is to slowly become like Jesus in virtue. Jesus is the best role model ever. It is for us to follow in His footsteps. Seeing this change in us people will be drawn to us like magnets. They will be eager to know what has brought about this dramatic transformation in our lives and what puts such a wonderful smile on our faces.

My prayer as I write this article is that one day every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and one day every knee will bow before Him, but more importantly, I pray that you my dear reader will have a major role to play in that by the way you live your life and write your 5th gospel.

May people from all nations come after you saying –

“We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

About Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa

Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.

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