THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION - 3
Today’s gospel: Luke 4:38-44
We are an evangelistic and missionary community (our 2nd Core
Value). The Church of which we are a part is missionary. This
is the very work of Jesus himself. “To the other towns
also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.” (v.43).
has gone up to heaven, but the work continues. That is why
he issued the Great Commission. Jesus sends us. In the work
of evangelization, the very first step is the proclamation
of the gospel, that of salvation in Jesus. If we are to truly
follow in the footsteps of Jesus, then we must evangelize.
We do this anywhere and we go everywhere, not just in our
areas or parishes but “to the other towns also.”
this is massive work, but we must never neglect prayer. Never
forget that one all-important foundation is prayer, which
is about our intimate relationship with God. Jesus was very
busy, ministering to people even “at sunset” (v.40a)
and beyond, but he never neglected to commune with the Father.
“At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.”
(v.42a). When we pray and when we evangelize, then God will
use us to bring healing to people (v.38-40) and bring people
out of the dominion of the evil one (v.41a).
are called to share Christ. We do not own Jesus. We must not
be selfish with Jesus, as were the townsfolk of Capernaum.
“The crowds went looking for him, and when they came
to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them.”
(v.42b). For us, we meet Christ, we live Christ, and we share
Christ. Jesus “was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.”
(v.44). Through LCSC, in pursuing the lost sheep, we proclaim
Christ in the parishes of the Catholic Church.