by Danny Tariman
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15
This verse is a tall order.
Many times, I shrink at the thought of this “call” to go and proclaim the Gospel. I usually think that proclaiming means preaching or sharing the Word of God.
How do I tell people about the Gospel? Do I organize a ministry? Do I give a talk? These questions would run in my mind. But I realized lately that a better way of “proclaiming” is “doing the Word,” not just speaking about it. I realized that the Lord wants me to “preach” in action and not in word.
One day, my daughter confided to me her wish for her birthday: a free dental service to benefit the poor. We gathered dentists and friends to join our family for this unique celebration. On her birth month, we went to this remote rural village together with a dental team and performed our mission. It was a mission of love.
The rural folks tell me, “Thank you, Bro. Danny. We are so lucky to get these services for free.”
I believe this is love in action — the very way I sense the Lord is telling me to “go and proclaim” the Gospel.
You do not have to say it to proclaim it. Share the Gospel through your actions.
Father, grant me the grace I need to proclaim the gospel of love.
[This reflection was earlier published in Didache 2017, Jan 25]
Business As Usual
by Danny Tariman
“Did you not know that I must be in my father’s house?” – Luke 2:49
I have been out of “service” for 12 months. Since I had set my foot in Papua New Guinea, I had not a chance to proclaim the Good News the way I did in Manila.
I was enjoying my secular work as manager of Information Technology department of one of the country’s biggest retail chain. There was, however, a void deep inside of me. It was about my Father’s business.
When I left Manila for this job, I knew there was something I needed to do. I knew that my new workplace and the new city I will live in is my mission field. I did my best to share the Lord at every opportunity; I tried to witness for Him, even in the most difficult situations. I spoke of the Lord to my peers, fellow managers, guards, janitors and whoever I had the chance to meet. Person-to-person, one by one, sharing the Good News. I was not “ashamed of the Gospel” (Romans 1:16).
Until one day, the Lord opened up a bigger audience: I was given the task to do the teaching for the archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal weekly gatherings.
After the long wait, it is now “Business as Usual.”
Are you ashamed of sharing the Lord to your officemates and peers?
Lord, I am sorry for the times I passed up the opportunity to share Your goodness. Empower me to witness for You!
[This reflection was first published in Didache June 12, 2010]