THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
ON ONE’S ETERNAL DESTINY
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:13-16
How important is the work of evangelization? What really is
involved in this work? It is of crucial importance, because
it is about our eternal destiny, whether it be heaven or hell.
Jesus told Capernaum about their opposite ends. “Will
you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.”
What determines our eternal fate? When the gospel is proclaimed,
given how many live their lives apart from God, our response
is to repent and humble ourselves. Like Tyre and Sidon, we
should “long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth
and ashes.” (v.13c). If not, then Jesus says, “Woe
to you” (v.13a).
one’s eternal fate depends on one’s response.
But the possibility of response depends on hearing the gospel
proclaimed. Thus the work of evangelizers is of utmost importance.
Evangelizers do divine work. They stand in the place of Jesus.
They speak the words of Jesus. “Whoever listens to you
listens to me.” (v.16a).
you realize how amazing this is? We grow in holiness and become
another Christ. What a great privilege! We must take this
responsibility seriously and give it our all. Jesus deals
with the world through his commissioned evangelizers. “Whoever
rejects you rejects me.” (v.16b).
the other hand, those we evangelize hopefully will open their
minds and hearts, and experience conversion and transformation.
If not, there will be tragic consequences. “And whoever
rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (v.16c). When
one rejects God, then sure condemnation follows.