THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 7
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 28, 2019
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Rev 1:9-13, 17-19
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. The mercy of God is manifested
in the offering by the Father of His own Son Jesus for the
sins of the world, in order to bring us all from death to
life. “I shall not die but live” (Ps 118:17a).
In Jesus we are saved. “I was hard pressed and falling,
but the Lord came to my help. The Lord, my strength and might,
has become my savior.” (Ps 118:13-14). This salvation
is for all. Then those who have been saved have to proclaim
the good news of salvation in Jesus, so that many others would
also be saved. “I shall not die but live and declare
the deeds of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17).
Jesus commissioned his disciples. “As the Father has
sent me, so I send you.” (Jn 20:21b). We are to do the
very mission of Jesus, to bring God’s salvation to the
world. This is God’s work, and we depend on God’s
power, which is the power of the Holy Spirit. “And when
he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive
the holy Spirit.’” (Jn 20:22). Since this is the
very work of God, done by disciples empowered by the Holy
Spirit, the harvest will be rich. “Yet more than ever,
believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were
added to them.” (Acts 5:14).
will be much opposition to this work. All the apostles except
John were martyred. John was exiled to Patmos. “I, John,
your brother, who share with you the distress, the kingdom,
and the endurance we have in Jesus, found myself on the island
called Patmos, because I proclaimed God’s word and gave
testimony to Jesus.” (Rev 1:9). In proclaiming the Kingdom,
we will encounter distress, and so we need to endure.
evangelizers are greatly privileged. The intent of their work
is so “that you may come to believe that Jesus is the
Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you
may have life in his name.” (Jn 20:31). It is about
the salvation of people! We proclaim the gospel so that people
will come to believe and accept Jesus as “my Lord and
my God!” (Jn 20:28). As such, this work will be violently
opposed by the evil one and a world under its dominion. Thus
the task will be hard and challenging. But if and when people
do accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, then they are greatly
blessed. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have
believed.” (Jn 20:29b).
is the greatest need, and evangelization is the greatest work.
It is what allows the great love and mercy of God to become
concrete in the lives of people. It is what allows people
to receive the peace that Jesus offers to them. “Peace
be with you.” (Jn 20:21a). It is what will bring true
joy to their lives. “The joyful shout of deliverance
is heard in the tents of the righteous.” (Ps 118:15a).
Salvation, love, peace, joythese are the fruits of the
divine mercy of God.
Israel say: his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Aaron say, his mercy endures forever.
Let those who fear the Lord say, his mercy endures forever.”