THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 20
November 30, 2019
The Father sent His own Son Jesus into the world to win for
us our salvation. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price
for our sins. By rising from the dead, Jesus defeated sin,
Satan and death. In Jesus we are saved. But we need to accept
what God has done for us. So how are we saved? “If you
confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in
your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved.” (Rom 10:9).
“everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
saved.” (Rom 10:13). But this does not happen just like
that. There is a process that needs to happen. One can call
on the Lord if they believe in him; they can believe when
they hear about him; they hear if someone preaches about him
(Rom 10:14). One preaches if he is sent (Rom 10:15). But before
people can be sent to proclaim the gospel, they need to be
chosen, called and instructed by Jesus.
at the beginning of his public ministry, with the purpose
of his earthly mission in mind, Jesus chose and called his
disciples. First were Peter and Andrew (Mt 4:18). Then there
were James and John (Mt 4:21). Jesus told them, “Come
after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19).
Later he called 8 others. Then a further 72.Then, at the end
of his earthly mission, before he ascended into heaven, Jesus
sent his disciples. He commanded them, “Go.” They
did. They proclaimed the gospel, and the gospel was brought
to the ends of the earth.
As disciples, we are to obey our Master. As MFC, we are chosen,
called and sent. Do we obey? We are an evangelistic and missionary
community, part of a missionary Church. Do we go out on mission?
“The command of the Lord is clear” (Ps 19:9b).
Is it clear to us what God is telling us to do, why He raised
MFC in the first place? Do we have the right vision for our
the answer is YES, then our response must be decisive. As
to Peter and Andrew when called by Jesus, “at once they
left their nets and followed him.” (Mt 4:20). As to
James and John, “immediately they left their boat and
their father and followed him.” (Mt 4:22). Their priority
became Jesus, even before their cherished family and livelihood.
do not have to leave family and livelihood behind. But we
do need to evangelize and do mission, and Jesus needs to be
our first priority. We need to share Christ so others might
meet and know Christ, put their faith in him, and experience
the salvation already won by Jesus for them. “Thus faith
comes from what is heard” (Rom 10:17a).
The evangelization we do is rapid, massive and worldwide.
The goal, especially with LCSC, done through the parishes,
is to reach all Catholics in the world. We obey Jesus’
command and we preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.
“Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their
words to the ends of the world.” (Rom 10:18b). God does
the rest and provides the fruit.
is the most important work for Christians, because this is
about the very mission of Jesus, to bring salvation to all.
Jesus did his work, now we do ours. And be assured: “How
beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!”