THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
PERFECT IN CHRIST
Today’s reading: Colossians 1:24-2:3
The work of evangelization starts with proclaiming Christ,
so that people might meet him and know him. “It is he
whom we proclaim” (v.1:28a). But the work does not end
there. From meeting Christ, one is to live Christ, to grow
in being a true Christian. Thus our work includes formation,
“admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all
wisdom” (v.1:28b). The ultimate aim is holiness and
Christian perfection. We work so “that we may present
everyone perfect in Christ.” (v.1:28c). Then that would
be the fullness of the good news of salvation in Jesus.
all that to happen, we need to share Christ, to be his witnesses.
We do divine work. We have been commissioned and given a responsibility.
As such, every evangelizer ought to follow in the footsteps
of Paul, who says “I am a minister in accordance with
God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion
for you the word of God” (v.1:25). We are stewards of
God’s plan and work.
That is intimidating and challenging work! But we are provided
the grace we need and empowered by the Spirit. So we can confidently
go ahead and do what we are called to do. “For this
I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power
working within me.” (v.1:29).
Jesus suffered. We too will suffer. Let there be no romantic
notions about doing mission. But then again, we are to have
the attitude of Paul. “Now I rejoice in my sufferings
for your sake” (v.1:24a). What? Rejoice in suffering?
Why? Well, this is where we need to grow in “the knowledge
of the mystery of God” (v.2:2c). This is the reality
of the mystery of suffering: “in my flesh I am filling
up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf
of his body, which is the church.” (v.1:24b). We participate
in the suffering of Christ, whose Church, his body on earth,
continues to suffer.
suffering brings us to holiness and Christian perfection.
“It is Christ in you, the hope for glory. (v.1;27b).