THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
THE GOSPEL FOR ALL
Pope Francis affirms the call for every Christian who professes
to follow Jesus to also proclaim the good news of salvation
in him. This is the reason why we are passionate about our
evangelistic and missionary work. This is why we speak about
rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. We, as with every
Christian, have been tasked to bring the gospel to the ends
of the earth. We want to reach everyone.
Who in the Church are actually doing this work? There are
some, but not enough workers to bring in the massive harvest.
In fact, much of the harvest is withering on the vine. Many
Catholics continue to be lost to the world, and to sects and
cults. Instead of Christians converting those who are of the
world, it is the other way around!
Pope Francis says that Jesus chose humble people. This is
how we should understand our call. We are ordinary laypeople,
but are intended by God to do His very work. No one is excluded
from the privilege, and empowerment is a free gift of God
to all who choose to follow Jesus and to be used by his Spirit.
There is much work to be done. Onward to the New Evangelization!
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CITY, January 27, 2014 ( Zenit.org) - During his Sunday Angelus
address, Pope Francis contemplated Jesus’
public ministry, which he said is
a calling for each one of us to follow him.
Gospel of Matthew recalled the beginning of Christ’s
mission, calling the people of Galilee to “repent, for
the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The area of Galilee
is significant since it was a place where many foreign groups
lived. Galilee, the Holy Father noted, is a symbolic place
of the “Gospel’s openness to all peoples.”
this point of view, Galilee resembles today’s world:
the joint presence of different cultures, the necessity of
confrontation and encounter,” the Pope said. “We,
too, are immersed every day in a ‘Galilee of the Gentiles’,
and in this sort of context we can be frightened and give
in to the temptation of building walls around ourselves to
be safer and more protected.”
Jesus teaches us that the glad
tidings that he brings are not reserved for just one part
of humanity; it is to be communicated to everyone.
It is a joyful proclamation to those who have been waiting
for it but also perhaps to those who have given up and no
longer have the strength to seek and to ask.”
His ministry in Galilee, the Holy Father went on to say that
Christ teaches that no one is excluded from God’s salvation
and would rather start from the outskirts of society. In doing
so, God’s mercy is expressed to the world. The Pope
also noted that Christ did not
choose scribes or doctors as his disciples, but humbler people
-- fisherman -- to follow him.
reciting the Angelus, the Holy Father told the pilgrims gathered
in the square that Jesus makes the same call to announce the
coming of the Kingdom to the “Galilees of our time.”
in your heart to see whether the Lord is calling you to follow
him. Let us allow ourselves to be reached by his gaze, his
voice, and let us follow him! So that 'the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the
fringes of our world’”, he said.
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