THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
EVANGELIZATION AND FAMILY AND WORK WITH THE POOR
Today’s reading: Acts 11:1-18
Our mission in CFC-FFL consists of 3 basic parts: (1) evangelization,
(2) family renewal and (3) work with the poor. All are important.
But it must be known that the foundation for family renewal
and work with the poor is evangelization, by which people’s
hearts are touched and they experience conversion. You can
have all the teachings on marriage and family but unless hearts
are converted to Christ, they will not do very much good.
You can have many corporal works of mercy but it would not
really matter much in the end if those who are poor do not
end up in heaven.
we meet the godly Cornelius, who was “devout and God-fearing
along with his whole household, who used to give alms generously
to the Jewish people and pray to God constantly” (Acts
10:2). Wow. He was doing all the right things. He was prayerful,
had a godly family life, and generously helped the poor. But
he wanted to be even closer to God by meeting and knowing
Christ, through Peter whom he summoned. An angel told him
that Peter would “speak words to you by which you and
all your household will be saved.” (v.14).
can be a good person, have a good marriage and family life,
and help the poor, but that is not enough. There are many
of them around, and not just Christians. But more is needed.
More basic and essential is to truly meet Christ, to live
Christ, and to share Christ. What is needed is “life-giving
repentance” (v.18b) and empowerment through being “baptized
with the holy Spirit” (v.16b). What is needed is to
grow in holiness and strive for Christian perfection. This
can only be achieved through the work of evangelization, which
brings true transformation in Christ.
then can one truly have a great marriage and family, and be
truly concerned for the poor.