THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
EXPAND YOUR VISION - 9
Today’s gospel: Mark 4:1-20
There are those who question the intended massive work of
LCSC, with focus on the initial proclamation of the gospel,
through the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). What is our intent?
“The sower sows the word.” (v.14). That is, we
proclaim the gospel. Now not everyone will be transformed
by that word. Some seed will fall on the path to be eaten
by birds, some on rocky ground will wither due to lack of
roots, some will fall among thorns and will be choked (v.4-7).
But there will be some seed that will fall on rich soil and
produce fruit (v.8a).
here is the obvious math: the more seed is sown, then the
more seed can fall on rich soil. As is the case now with Catholic
evangelization, there is hardly any sharing Christ being done.
So how can we expect lapsed Catholics to be renewed?
are into spiritual warfare, and we simply need to do a massive
work of assaulting the enemy. The enemy is the devil, the
flesh and the world. We evangelize and proclaim Christ, but
for some, “Satan comes at once and takes away the word
sown in them.” (v.15b). For others, they might accept
the word, even with joy, but their resolve is weak and their
commitment shallow. “Then when tribulation or persecution
comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
(v.17b). For still others, the world still predominates, and
“worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving
for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears
no fruit.” (v.19).
then again, there are those “who hear the word and accept
it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”
(v.20). Notice the process that happens. First they hear
the word, then they accept it, then they bear fruit. How can
they hear if there is no one to proclaim? This is the basic
intent of the LCS. How can the millions of lapsed Catholics
be brought back to God and back to the Church? How can they
begin to bear good fruit in their lives? Well, first things
first. They need to hear the gospel. How can all
of those millions of lapsed Catholics hear the gospel unless
there is a persistent, insistent, consistent, deliberate,
determined, methodological and massive proclamation?
God works is a mystery. Part of the mystery is entrusting
the gospel to sinners such as you and I. But this is how God
has determined that the gospel is to be preached to the ends
of the earth. Now God has given us LCSC, which can become
a powerful tool for reaching millions (do we dare say billions?).
“The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted
to you.” (v.11a).
has done His part. Now we ought to do ours. God will continue
to provide the grace to touch the hearts and lives of people
to whom the gospel is proclaimed. But we first need to do
has ears to hear ought to hear.” (v.9). We take this
two ways. People have been given ears by which they can hear
the gospel proclaimed. It is their right and privilege to
be able to hear it. They ought to hear it, given God’s
intent and desire that all be saved. But this also pertains
to us. Do we hear the commission given by Jesus to preach
the gospel? Do we hear the teaching that is contained in today’s
we do hear, how will we respond? For that, we need not only
ears to hear, but eyes to see. Expand your vision!