THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 8
2 Timothy 1:1-8
Jesus started with a core group of 12. “After this the
Lord appointed seventy (-two) others” (Lk 10:1a). Today
all Christians are supposed to do the work of evangelization.
However, as always, “the harvest is abundant but the
laborers are few” (Lk 10:2a).
abundant is the harvest? Well, 1/3 of the world’s population
is now Christian (at least in name). If 99 of every 100 of
those sheep are lost, the potential harvest of lapsed Christians
is over 2 billion. Then there are those non-Christians comprising
over 4.5 billion people.
do we reach them all? One way is LCSC, a lay response to the
call to the New Evangelization. In the Philippines, the goals
as far as reaching lapsed Catholics with the gospel message
grow geometrically. 10K in 2014, 50K in 2015, 150K in 2016,
400K in 2017, 800K in 2018, 1.7M in 2019, 3M in 2020.
can only happen through the concerted and determined effort
of God’s people. We are to “proclaim his salvation
day after day.” (Ps 96:2b). We are to “tell his
glory among the nations, among all peoples” (Ps 96:3a).
Persistently. Consistently. Zealously. With an expanded vision
of a massive harvest.
are not to be afraid, because “God did not give us a
spirit of cowardice” (2 Tm 1:7a). We should “not
be ashamed of (our) testimony to our Lord” (2 Tm 1:8a).
We must be ready to “bear (our) share of hardship for
the gospel” (2 Tm 1:8c). We are to be reminded “to
stir into flame the gift of God that (we) have through the
imposition of my hands.” (2 Tm 1:6).
sent the 72 “ahead of him in pairs to every town and
place he intended to visit.” (Lk 10:1). Jesus will return
to earth at the end of time. Before he does, we are tasked
to go to every town and place in order to bring people back
your vision. Know that “the harvest is abundant.”
Be convinced that you are given “the strength that comes
from God.” (2 Tm 1:8d). Go, and “declare among
the nations: The Lord is king.” (Ps 96:10a).