THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION - 7
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:20-21
Today’s very short gospel reading teaches us a lot about
“He came home.” (v.20a).
was very, very busy in ministry, but he found time to come
home. Our home and our family are our base for mission. This
is where we can rest and are refreshed and rejuvenated, in
the company of our loved ones. Of course in Jesus’ case,
that might have been his intent, but it did not happen. He
could not rest and just relax because “again the crowd
gathered” (v.20b). And even some of his relatives, instead
of giving him comfort and consolation, criticized him as being
out of his mind (v.21). But anyway, home life is very important
for us in order to allow us to sustain mission.
family and home life are not ends in themselves. Of course
we have responsibilities and we attend to these. But in the
end, the home life is there not just as a blessed environment
where the people of God grow, chronologically and spiritually,
but as a base for mission. Jesus left his parents at age twelve
in order to speak and listen to the elders at the temple.
Simon and Andrew and James and John left their families and
their family business to follow Jesus.
“Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible
for them even to eat.” (v.20b).
is a spiritual hunger in people, even if they do not show
it or they do not know it. The harvest is rich. To trigger
that hunger, they need to hear the gospel. If we do what God
wants us to do as He sends us forth, and if we act according
to the methodologies of the Spirit starting from the day of
Pentecost, then there will be a rich harvest. As it is now,
the few who evangelize often face dry soil. But there are
ministries that do flourish. And here the workers have much
work to do, many territories to cover, many opportunities
is what is happening now with LCSC. Even as our own CFC-FFL
evangelization has stalled (which is the situation with many
other renewal communities), those who have seen the vision
and are acting accordingly can hardly keep up with the demands
for our LCSC programs. And we are just starting! Our brethren
complain now of the hard soil. Later we hope to “complain”
about the richness of the harvest, and having not as much
leisure and family time as we used to have.
“When his relatives heard of this they set out to
seize him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’”
closest to us, especially family and friends, sometimes (or
often) do not understand our desire and commitment to do what
God wants us to do.
parent who does not allow his son to be a priest or his
daughter to be a lay fulltime pastoral worker in a renewal
community. They might say, “Are you crazy? I sent
you to school so you could be a priest or a missionary?
What a waste!”
wife who makes it difficult for her husband, already zapped
by the Lord, to respond with zeal and commitment, because
he now spends more time outside the home.
best friend who is now a successful executive who keeps
chiding his friend for choosing to serve God in community
and get a low salary.
The life we have chosen, with the commitment we give to it,
seems foolish to many in the world. This is especially painful,
since our home is our haven, and our friends are our consolation.
But that is the price we pay to respond to God’s call
and serve Him.
top of all of these, we of course face the enemy outside.
They might even be those inside our Church and in our parishes.
Like the scribes who said Jesus was possessed by Beelzebul
(v.22)! Have you experienced being maligned or slandered by
a co-worker in the parish or in the Christian community? It
unfortunately happens quite often.
Jesus calls us to be his evangelizers and missionaries. It
will be challenging and not an easy life. But it will be an
absolutely glorious life.