THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
Today’s reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
The prophet Isaiah says, “How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings” (Is 52:7a).
Paul quotes him: “How beautiful are the feet of those
who bring good news!” (Rom 10:15b). As an aside, Semites
praised the parts of the body that bring the messenger with
good news (see Lk 11:27).
Isaiah refers to God leading His people from exile in Babylon
back to Zion. Paul refers to those who proclaim the good news
of salvation in Jesus. God restores His exiled people to the
holy city Jerusalem. Jesus restores God’s people, separated
by sin and under the dominion of the enemy, back to Himself
and ultimately entry into the New Jerusalem.
In both cases, it is occasion for tremendous joy. “Hark!
Your watchmen raise a cry, together they should for joy, for
they see directly, before their eyes, the Lord restoring Zion.”
(Is 52:8). Today, we are among those watchmen who see what
God is doing in the world. God is bringing His people back
to Himself! But not only do we realize what is happening,
we are given the privilege of participating, of being among
those who bring the good news.
How? Paul talked about the process of evangelization. Jesus
has won salvation on the cross. But we need to accept that
salvation. We need to call on the name of the Lord (Rom 10:13).
That is an individual decision. But we as evangelizers have
a very important part to play. Paul says further, “But
how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And
how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And
how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people
preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10:14-15).
The process of evangelization starts with the sending. Thus,
before ascending into heaven, Jesus called his disciples and
sent them to proclaim the good news to everyone in the whole
world (Mk 16:15). We are among those sent. If we do not then
proclaim the good news, then people will not hear, so they
won’t be able to believe, so they cannot call on Jesus’
name, so they miss out on the salvation he already won for
Do you now see why the feet of those who bring the good news
are so beautiful?
Isaiah says, “All the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.” (Is 52:10b). Yes, that is
what God intends to happen. But God has also made Himself
dependent upon His disciples to proclaim that good news.
Let us go about our work of evangelization even more intensely.
Let us shout for joy and “break out together in song”
(Is 52:9a), as we march to the ends of the earth.
Happy feet indeed.