THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
PUBLICIZING THE WHOLE MATTER
January 12, 2012
Today’s gospel: Mark 1:40-45
We again have much we can learn about evangelization in today’s
gospel reading. A leper whom Jesus heals witnessed about his
healing, such that people kept coming to Jesus from everywhere.
is our manner of evangelization? It is person-to-person, in
the normal day-to-day environments of our time. What is involved
is basically our simple witness of what God has done for us.
We do not have to quote the Bible, or preach, or already be
very holy. We just have to be willing, and hopefully eager,
to share what God has done for us.
would that be? It does not have to be a miraculous healing,
like the leper’s. It is in fact the less spectacular
blessings that ordinary people can relate to. It would have
to do with aspects of life that they themselves face. We share
about how God has improved our marriage relationship, how
we are closer to our children, how we are relating better
with our workmates, how we have a bit more confidence in facing
difficulties, and the like.
can do that!
We must realize that everyone has a need that only Jesus can
satisfy. As evangelizers, we simply trigger that person’s
interest by our witness, so that he would consider coming
to Jesus. He sees what God has done for us, and he can look
forward to God also doing something for him.
our testimony, we hopefully bring about three aspects that
are important in receiving God’s favor. One, the person
goes to Jesus. Thus the “leper came to him” (Mk
1:40a). Two, he comes with humility, knowing he is sinful
flesh before God. The leper was “kneeling down”
(Mk 1:40b). Three, he asks for what he needs. “If you
wish, you can make me clean.” (Mk 1:40c).
is all Jesus needs. God loves everyone and wants all to be
saved, but He needs them to come to Him and ask. Jesus immediately
responded to the leper’s plea, “I do will it.
Be made clean.” (Mk 1:41b).
Now in our work, the evangelized becomes the evangelizer.
This is how the work spreads rapidly and massively. It was
the same with the leper. Blessed by God, he could not keep
it to himself. Unfortunately, some of us who have been blessed
by God keep that good news to ourselves. We must witness!
We must testify!
leper was warned sternly by Jesus not to tell anyone (Mk 1:43-44a).
But he went anyway “and began to publicize the whole
matter.” (Mk 1:45a). In fact, “he spread the report
abroad” (Mk 1:45b). He did not just tell a few people;
he spread it. He did not just talk about it in his locality;
he did the rounds abroad. On the other hand, we are told to
proclaim the good news of Jesus but we do not! How ironic!
and when we do boldly proclaim the gospel by our witness,
the result will be awesome. We will see “people (keep)
coming to him from everywhere.” (Mk 1:45d).
The leper was told not to tell anyone but he did. We are told
to tell everyone but we do not. The leper was disobedient
to Jesus but ended up participating in Jesus’ mission
of proclaiming the good news to many others. How much more
will the good news of Jesus be spread far and wide if we obey?
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