THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 4
From 2001 our numbers in CFC decreased from year to year.
This was arrested by the restoration of 2007. From that
time, we have grown in membership from year to year, but
are no longer seeing the massiveness of the harvest. It
can be said that our evangelization has stalled. In truth,
this is the situation of practically all the other ecclesial
movements. Much work and energy are still being put in,
but the results are not proportionate.
has given rise to discouragement and even despair. Some
have lost enthusiasm in mounting CLSs, given the expectation
that the harvest would be minimal. The work has slowed down,
zeal has diminished, expectations run low.
has been impaired.
is the enemy’s work to discourage us. It is the Holy
Spirit’s work to encourage us. What are we supposed
to be? We are fishers of men. Who do we serve? Christ, and
not ourselves or our community. So we look to Jesus. Let
us look back to the time he expanded the vision of Peter,
the very first appointed fisher of men.
had fished all night and caught nothing. He was tired, frustrated
and discouraged. But Jesus told him to cast his net again.
He did, and caught such a great number of fish that the
nets were tearing.
need to look only to Jesus, and to obey what he tells us
to do. Today the Lord tells us to do LCSC. Like Peter, some
of us might not agree and thus be reluctant. We might just
miss out on the rich harvest.
wants all to be saved. He relies on us. That massive harvest
might just be around the corner. The Holy Spirit guides
us in the way we are to go. We just need to be obedient
to Jesus and docile to the Holy Spirit. We just need to
make ourselves available as His instruments. When God decides
to act, we will face the same situation as Peter and his
co-fishermen. “For astonishment at the catch of fish
they had made seized him and all those with him” (Lk
5:9). The harvest could be unlike anything we have ever
experienced before, beyond our wildest expectations, beyond
proportion to our efforts and resources.
have been called to the New Evangelization. We have been
given LCSC. Might we be facing a new Pentecost, a revival,
a new springtime of faith?