THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
Today’s gospel: Mark 2:1-12
like today’s story on the healing of a paralytic. People
brought a paralytic to Jesus, but because there were so many
people gathered, there was no room for him and so his friends
opened up a hole in the roof and lowered the mat on which
the payalytic was lying, right next to Jesus.
were persistent, insistent, single-minded, undeterred by obstacles.
They would not be held back by the thought that what they
were going to do, in opening up a hole in the roof, would
distract people and Jesus, with the noise, with the bits of
wood and plaster falling down, with the dramatic lowering
of the mat. They were simply determined that their friend
would encounter Jesus. That is why they had brought him.
about us? How persistent are we in our evangelization, in
bringing people to Jesus (or bringing Jesus to people)?
Do we easily give up when we encounter obstacles?
we decide not to persist when things become difficult?
we just let things go if conditions are not as ideal as
we want them to be?
we avoid the difficult persons to evangelize, those we have
to carry, those who have so much baggage?
we have profound anticipation that Jesus can work miracles
in the lives of people?
that matter, as evangelization is about meeting, living and
sharing Christ, how do we go about our own continuing living
of the good news of Jesus in our lives? How do we allow Jesus
to continue to evangelize us, allowing us to go deeper into
a life in him?
we forgo attending an assembly because the venue is crowded
we eager to be there when there is an opportunity to hear
Jesus (through a human speaker, teacher, sharer)?
we seek not just material or physical blessings but more
importantly spiritual blessings?
we get easily discouraged when there are detractors against
the activity or the speaker or the arrangements?
wants all men to be saved. Jesus proclaims the good news of
salvation to all. But we must be there to hear him. And given
that we will encounter many obstacles that can prevent us
from being there, we must be persistent and insistent.
is not just going to happen because God wills it. The harvest
is indeed rich but the laborers are few. We need to be determined
evangelizers, in season and out of season.
the harvest is rich, if only we give of ourselves unselfishly
in responding to God’s call to become evangelizers,
then we will see awesome results, as God’s will is done.
We can do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. Then
we will be amazed at the effect of such work on the peoples
of the world: “They were all astounded and glorified
God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this.’”
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