THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 12
May 13, 2019
Today’s reading: Acts 11:1-18
In the incident where Peter explained to the brethren about
the baptism of Cornelius and his household, we learn a number
the Holy Spirit is the agent of evangelization, who empowers
us to be witnesses to Jesus. As such, we need to be filled
with the Spirit and be sensitive to the promptings of the
Spirit. When three men appeared and summoned Peter, he readily
went along, saying, “The Spirit told me to accompany
them without discriminating.” (v.12a). The Holy Spirit
guides and directs the mission.
we see the importance of the proclamation of the gospel. This
is the kerygma. Faith comes from hearing. Cornelius had summoned
Peter, saying that it was he “who will speak words to
you by which you and all your household will be saved.”
(v.14). The gospel is about salvation in Jesus, which is why
Jesus came into the world, and won this salvation for us on
the cross. But the way we appropriate that salvation for ourselves
is when we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. For that to happen,
we need to hear the good news and believe.
since God’s intent is salvation, triggered by the proclamation
of the good news of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is just waiting
for disciples to preach this gospel, so that He can come down
upon people. Peter testified, “As I began to speak,
the holy Spirit fell upon them as it had upon us at the beginning”
(v.15). The Holy Spirit is impatient to touch and fill God’s
people! Peter had just began speaking! All that is needed
are proclaimers of the gospel. With that trigger, the Holy
Spirit will do His work, and “you will be baptized with
the holy Spirit.” (v.16c).
Now we in CFC-FFL have received the baptism in the Spirit
(as adults apart from the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation).
We are supposed to become witnesses to Jesus. We are evangelizers
and missionaries. We are holy warriors. God intends for us
to proclaim the gospel, but many times we do not share the
gift we have been given. Peter asked the rhetorical question,
“If then God gave them the same gift he gave to us when
we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to
be able to hinder God?” (v.17).
we do hinder God, in different ways.
When we do not evangelize as we should. Though every Catholic
is supposed to evangelize, this is especially for us in
CFC-FFL, as we are an evangelistic and missionary community.
we do not fully understand and appreciate the workings of
the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our work. We then fail
to be guided and led by the Spirit. We fail to take on the
empowerment by the Spirit.
we cannot grasp the ever-creative ways of the Spirit, just
as the Jews confronted Peter for eating what was considered
unclean and proclaiming the gospel to the Gentiles. This
is the case with failure to understand and accept LCSC,
which is the new wineskin for the new wine of the Spirit
intended for this third millennium. Some people prefer to
follow their own preferences and remain in their comfort
zones rather than embark on a new adventure with the Spirit
With the Holy Spirit, we take on the heart of God and the
mind of our Master Jesus. As we become docile to the Holy
Spirit, we will be able to do rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization, as we fully realize, “God has then granted
life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.” (v.18b).