THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
FULFILLING OUR MANDATE
The Catholic Church is a missionary Church. CFC-FFL is evangelistic
and missionary. Every Catholic ought to share Christ. Christians
exist to evangelize. Unfortunately, the Great Commission is
unknown by many Catholics. Many Church groups are not evangelistic.
Parishes look to maintenance rather than searching actively
for the lost sheep. We need to recover the spirit of Pentecost.
The infilling of the Spirit resulted in a massive outpouring
of evangelistic zeal. Evangelization and mission consumed
the very lives of the first Christians, led by the apostles.
“And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus.”
(Acts 5:42). Evangelization was a daily activity, 24/7, done
everywhere, without let-up.
must realize what this great calling is all about.
it is about meeting Christ and getting to really know him.
Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps 27:1a). Jesus
is Savior and Lord. His saving work is our access to the
Father. He lights up and shows us the way to heaven.
Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”
(Ps 27:1c). Only Jesus can help us in our troubled world.
There is much we can be afraid of, and only Jesus provides
us strong refuge.
Second, it is about doing the very work of God. If it is God
who sends us, then it is God who equips and empowers us, and
we need never be afraid. Who is this God?
is a God of miracles. Jesus multiplies the loaves and the
fish (Jn 6:9-13), providing for the needs of all, with much
is a God of power, against whom no one can prevail. As God’s
army, we already share in His victory. Even as the enemy
assaults us and seeks to destroy us, we shall prevail, if
we but do God’s will. “But if it comes from
God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even
find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:39a).
Third, it is about opposing the powers of this world, the
evil one who has dominion over the world. It is engaging in
the greatest and most destructive war of all time, and emerging
victorious. “When evildoers come at me to devour my
flesh, these my enemies and foes themselves stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear;
though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.”
How then should we respond?
we must always be focused on Christ. We gaze at Jesus. We
appreciate who he truly is. We connect and develop our personal
relationship through daily and constant prayer. We visit with
him in our prayer nook, in the Church at Mass, at the Eucharistic
adoration. We look forward to being with him in heaven eternally.
“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell
in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, to gaze
on the Lord’s beauty, to visit his temple.” (Ps
being with Christ, we must be confident in him and in his
Spirit that he has sent us. God is able to work miracles.
God is able to protect us. “For God will hide me in
his shelter in time of trouble” (Ps 27:5a). God guides
us. “Lord, show me your way; lead me on a level path”
(Ps 27:11a). God gives us courage and endurance. “Wait
for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the
Lord!” (Ps 27:14).
in the face of victory, we must remain humble. We must never
look to power, position or acclaim. If the enemy is unable
to defeat us frontally, he will disarm us by bringing us to
pride. We must be true servant leaders. Jesus shows us the
way. After the multiplication of the loaves, when “Jesus
knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make
him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.”
(Jn 6:15). We must not be self-referential, but always give
all the honor and glory to God where they rightly belong.
as we are engaged in war and so there will be pain and suffering,
we must not be discouraged but rather find joy in our difficulties
for the cause of Christ. After the apostles were flogged,
“they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing
that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the
sake of the name.” (Acts 5:41). They rejoiced in suffering,
pain and dishonor! How can the enemy ever faze God’s
true warriors? When victorious they remain humble. When oppressed
and persecuted they rejoice.
We have received our marching orders from God. We are to obey
God rather than man. When state or religious authorities order
us “to stop speaking in the name of Jesus” (Acts
5:40b), we all the more do so, and “not stop teaching
and proclaiming the Messiah, Jesus.” (Acts 5:42b).
the apostles, let us do this work of evangelization all day
long and everywhere.