THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
CONSECRATED IN TRUTH
Today’s gospel: John 17:11-19
Jesus has ascended into heaven, having accomplished his mission
on earth. He knows full well that he is now leaving us in
the world. Jesus prays to the Father: “And now I will
no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while
I am coming to you.” (v.11a). Knowing that the flock
will be assaulted by wolves from without and from within,
Jesus prays that we might remain united in his name. “Holy
Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so
that they may be one just as we are.” (v.11b).
world will be antagonistic to those who live their lives according
to the word of God. “I gave them your word, and the
world hated them, because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.” (v.14). The fate
of a true Christian is to be oppressed and persecuted because
their witness is disdained by a world steeped in sin and darkness.
The world crucified Jesus. So too will the world attempt to
do to those who follow him.
leaves us in the world because we have a task. We are to proclaim
the good news of salvation in him. We are to continue with
what he started, proclaiming the Kingdom of God. “As
you sent me into the world, so I send them into the world.”
(v.18). We are to witness to Jesus. To witness is to be a
martyr. It is not loss of life or limb or property that should
be the Christian’s concern, but loss of his soul if
he does not persevere in living Christ. Thus Jesus sends us
into the world, but prays for our protection from the enemy
that brings spiritual death. “I do not ask that you
take them out of the world but that you keep them from the
evil one.” (v.15). Our place right now is in the world,
but not in the world of the enemy. “They do not belong
to the world any more than I belong to the world.” (v.16).
must be aware of all the above truths, coming from the word
of God. “Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is
truth.” (v.17). We must live out God’s truths,
especially regarding our mission in the world.
are to live Christ, to grow in holiness and true discipleship.
are to be a people of worship.
are to be of one heart and one mind, united in vision.
are to be stewards of God’s grace and resources, making
these available for our common work.
are to share Christ, to do a massive work of evangelization
are to help build the Church of the Poor.
are to give our all, even unto death.
Yes, Jesus has gone back to heaven to the Father. “But
now I am coming to you.” (v.13a). We rejoiced at his
resurrection and ascension. Yes, he has left us in a still
darkened world. But we must rejoice at the privilege of continuing
with his work on earth. “I speak this in the world so
that they may share my joy completely.” (v.13b).
Jesus has done his work. Now we must do ours. Jesus has given
us everything, and has given us the
privilege to continue with his work. He has dedicated us for
this special purpose, a work that is divine. “And I
consecrate myself for them, so that they may also be consecrated
in truth.” (v.19).
to the New Evangelization!