On this first weekday of Advent we remember Saint Francis, Xavier. How appropriate! Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuit order was a Spanish missionary who spread the Word of God throughout Asia. He visited India, Japan, Borneo, the Moluccas, and other areas that had not yet been visited by Christian missionaries. Having been to Asia myself, I can’t imagine what a monumental task his work must have been, trying to convey such an important message without being able to speak the native languages.
But aren’t we all called to spread the good news? Our vocation may not call us to foreign lands, but doesn’t it seem like sometimes, when we want to share Jesus’ message, we might as well be speaking in a foreign tongue? When we speak concepts like charity, and love of neighbor, faith, hope, and joy, it seems like we can’t communicate the message because the listeners just don’t understand the words.
Here, at the beginning of this prayerful and joyful season, let’s pray to Saint Francis, asking him to help us in our efforts to evangelize others.