THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION - 8
2 Timothy 1:1-8
had appointed the Twelve. Now he “appointed seventy-two
others .... to every town and place ....” (Lk 10:1).
Their basic mission was the proclamation of the Kingdom. “The
kingdom of God is at hand for you.” (Lk 10:9b). Their
work would be accompanied with signs and wonders, such as
curing the sick (Lk 10:9a).
gave them their instructions on how to go on mission (Lk 10:4-8).
Basically they were told to be single-minded because of the
urgency of their mission. In addition, they were given the
vision of a rich harvest but the critical need for workers
such as them (Lk 10:2), and warned of the challenges (Lk 10:3).
of ensuring the mission until the second coming of Jesus is
to raise other leaders, through the generations. Thus Paul
raised Timothy, giving him a father’s care, guiding
him and forming him (2 Tm 1:1-5). Much of the formation and
care in our families and in community is for the sake of mission!
Paul continues to remind Timothy of his calling and anointing
(2 Tm 1:6), of being bold in his witness (2 Tim 1:7-8a), and
again, of the challenges including hardship (2 Tm 1:8b).
only we could have the passion, commitment and total self-giving
of the Twelve, the 72, Paul, Timothy and many others through
the ages! If only Catholics today, especially the lay, commit
to “proclaim his salvation day after day.” (Ps
96:2b). This is massive proclamation of the gospel! If only
our Church truly became a missionary Church (not a Church
of maintenance), that would go to “all the earth”
(Ps 96:1) and “tell his glory among the nations, among
all peoples (Ps 96:3). If only all of us were committed to
“give to the Lord the glory due his name!” (Ps
New Evangelization beckons. What are we waiting for? Let us
“declare among the nations: The Lord is king.”
I have written about these instructions at length and will not
repeat it here.
 Again I am not expounding much on this, because we looked
at this the whole year last 2014. You can also read my book
“Saints, Martyrs, Warriors.”