THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
May 28, 2017
God sent His own Son Jesus into the world to win for us our
salvation. Then God established His Church. God “put
all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all
things to the church, which is his body” (Eph 1:22-23a).
We are all members of the body of Christ on earth.
the Church, we have a task to do. Jesus commissioned the disciples
and sent them forth. “Go, therefore, and make disciples
of all nations” (Mt 28:19a). They are to work such that
the salvation won by Jesus would be experienced by all in
the world. Our task is to witness to Jesus’ saving deed.
In this, we are able to be effective witnesses for the work
of worldwide evangelization through empowerment by the Holy
Spirit. “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit
comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8). He sent the Holy Spirit and empowered his people
as they “were baptized with the holy Spirit.”
has ascended into heaven, as “he was lifted up, and
a cloud took him from their sight.” (Acts 1:9b). Jesus
will return. In the meantime, we are to continue with the
work of evangelization. We are to help restore God’s
dominion over His own creation. “For God is king over
all the earth; God rules over the nations” (Ps 47:8a,9a).
will we have to show when Jesus does come? The work is urgent.
There is no time to lose. “Men of Galilee, why are you
standing there looking at the sky? (Acts 1:11a). Be informed
and aware. Know that our Lord and King will return. “This
Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return
in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
In the meantime, get to work.