THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE LOST SHEEP - 6
We are the sheep of God’s flock. How does God treat
us? “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms
he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, leading
the ewes with care.” (Is 40:11). What happens if we
stray, as most Christians have strayed? “What is your
opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes
astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and
go in search of the stray?” (Mt 18:12). If that is what
a human shepherd would do, how much more the Good Shepherd?
Indeed, “it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.” (Mt 18:14).
And how much more if the lost is not the one but the 99?!
we are called to the New Evangelization. We are to proclaim
the gospel. “A voice says, ‘Proclaim!’”
(Is 40:6a). We are to proclaim the gospel of salvation in
Jesus far and wide, and shout it from the rooftops. This great
news ought to be heard by all. “Go up onto a high mountain,
Zion, herald of good news! Cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news!” (Is 40:9a-b). We are
to present the Savior of the world to the world. “Say
to the cities of Judah: here is your God!” (Is 40:9d).
“Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples,
his marvelous deeds.” (Ps 96:3).
are to be persistent and insistent in this work of evangelization.
We are to “proclaim his salvation day after day.”
(Ps 96:2b). We are to “declare among the nations: The
Lord is king.” (Ps 96:10a). We must work so that the
world meets and knows Christ, that peoples accept him as Savior,
and that all come to worship him as Lord. Let all the nations
“bow down to the Lord, splendid in holiness. Tremble
before him, all the earth” (Ps 96:9).
then can everyone rejoice. Let the people who are saved rejoice.
Let nature rejoice. “Let the heavens be glad and the
earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let
the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all
the trees of the forest rejoice” (Ps 96:11-12a). Let
the angels and saints in heaven rejoice. But most of all,
let God rejoice. “And if he finds (the lost sheep),
amen, I say to you, he rejoices” (Mt 18:13a).