Our Epistle lesson is 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.

But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

Paul writes to the church in Corinth about the Gospel being hidden by worldly powers. Earthly forces cannot deny the truth of Christ but they try desperately to keep people from hearing the Good News. We are charged to stand against these efforts, challenging the world to acknowledge its sin and turn to Jesus.

How can we hope to defeat the enemies of the Gospel? Not by our own strength but only with the love of God. We are called to tell others about what He has done in our lives and help them hear His promise.

God has given the gifts needed to spread the Good News, providing us the opportunity and the energy to testify to His mercy and love. He has placed His trust in us to continue what Jesus taught. We are His representatives, commissioned by Christ to make disciples of all people.

Gracious God, we are humbled that You choose us to be part of Your plan of salvation. Bless us to go into the world to share Your love. Amen.

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