THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s reading: Acts 13:13-25
The kerygma, which is the apostolic proclamation
of the good news of salvation in Jesus, is done by us in LCSC
through the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). We have our 9-session
version, and we have our 5-session version. The latter is
based on the speech by Peter on the day of Pentecost, after
which 3,000 people accepted the faith.
already seen how our LCS follows the pattern of Peter’s
speech on the day of Pentecost (see The New Evangelization,
Part 121). Peter followed the same pattern when he spoke to
the Sanhedrin (see The New Evangelization, Part 125) and when
he spoke to the Israelites after healing the crippled beggar
(see The New Evangelization, Part 126).
it is Paul’s turn. This is what is contained in Paul’s
address in the synagogue (Acts 13:16-41).
Session #1: Jesus the Messiah
according to his promise, has brought to Israel
a savior, Jesus.” (v.23)
Session #2: Called to Witness
are now his witnesses before the people.”
Session #3: Repentance and Faith
heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of
repentance to all the people of Israel.” (v.24)
“You must know, my brothers, that through
him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you”
Our basic work, through the LCSC LCS, is the kerygma.
“We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you”
(v.32a). This is in general the missing first step in the
Church’s work of evangelization. We need to proclaim
Christ anew, because many Catholics today are baptized pagans.
provide the opportunity for us to share Christ with others,
for this is God’s intent today, especially for lapsed
Catholics. What we proclaim is great news. This gospel of
salvation we need to speak. “My brothers, if one of
you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”