THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
GO WITHOUT DELAY
We all have our sinful past, some more sinful than others.
As such, we were estranged from God and acting against the
Kingdom. Such was Paul. He “persecuted this Way to death”
(Acts 22:4), ironically while being “zealous for God”
(Acts 22:3). Then, someway somehow, God brings about our conversion,
though oftentimes not as dramatic as what happened to Paul.
We get to really know Jesus, answering our question of “Who
are you, sir?” (Acts 22:8a). Then Jesus gives us answers
to another question, “What shall I do, sir?” (Acts
continue with our life in Christ, as we grow in our faith,
we are introduced to another dimension, which many Catholics
today are unaware of. That is the Great Commission. We are
told by Jesus to do a most important thing by a disciple.
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to
every creature.” (Mk 16:15). What we have received,
we are to give. In the same way that someone helped bring
us to Jesus, we then do the same thing for others.
commission is most important, because it is all about salvation.
It is not just helping the poor, visiting the sick, giving
counsel to the confused, serving in the parish, or the like,
which are all important. This work is all about saving souls!
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved”
(Mk 16:16a). It is all about saving people from condemnation,
as “whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
work is amazing. Why not, since it is the very divine work
of God. It may not be as dramatic as the work of the apostles
after Jesus, but it is astounding nonetheless. We may not
physically drive out demons from the bodies of possessed people
in the name of Jesus (Mk 16:17b), but indeed we drive out
demons from their domination of the lives of people. We may
not “speak new languages” (Mk 16:17c), but our
worldwide work results in our evangelization being conducted
in very many different languages and dialects in many parts
of the world. We may not “pick up serpents” and
not be harmed if we “drink any deadly thing” (Acts
16:18a), but we are able to look to God’s protection
and healing. We may not just “lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover” (Mk 16:18b), but we do experience
many instances of physical and emotional healing as we pray
So evangelization is very important and crucial work. And
if I may add, very exciting. As God has called us, how then
do we prepare ourselves to be effective evangelizers?
“regain your sight.” (Acts 22:13b). See Jesus
as needing to be at the very center of your life. See your
sinful life and repent, rejecting Satan and his ways. See
the need in the world, with so many people perishing in their
“know his will” (Acts 22:14a). Know that you are
God’s precious child, and that He has a wonderful plan
for you. Know the word of God, the Bible, which is our instruction
manual as we make our way to heaven. Know that He wants you
to be holy as He is holy. Know that He relies on you to bring
the good news of salvation to many others.
“hear the sound of his voice” (Acts 22:14c). Pray
every day. Continue to work at an intimate relationship with
Jesus. Hear him speak to you, in his desire to guide you and
bring you closer to himself. Hear him send you forth to proclaim
his salvation to others.
“be his witness before all to what you have seen and
heard.” (Acts 22:15). Share the good news with others.
Witness silently by your upright conduct, and witness verbally
by telling others your experience of Christ. As you yourself
have seen and heard, help to open the eyes of others to see
Jesus, and let their ears hear the good news.
So there you have it. You have been called, you have been
chosen, you will be anointed. So go!
are urgent. The soul to be saved is waiting for you. “Now,
why delay?” (Acts 22:16a).