THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
NEW THINGS HAVE COME
Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Today’s short reading contains much that impact on our
movement forward in the New Evangelization. The reading contains,
if you will, some basic principles of evangelization.
it is about the saving work of Jesus, who died on the cross
for us. “He indeed died for all” (v.15a). Jesus
is Savior. This is the central message of the gospel and is
at the core of our proclamation.
it about what happens to us as we accept the saving work of
Jesus. It is “so that those who live might no longer
live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and
was raised.” (v.15b). If God did this for us, then we
must respond. We must change, turning away from our old
ways. We respond by giving our lives to Jesus, by turning
our lives over to him, by living lives of obedience to him.
We no longer live for ourselves as we once did. We belong
to Jesus, and indeed, we are slaves of Christ.
those of us who know and follow Jesus should want to make
him known and followed by others. “For the love of Christ
impels us” (v.14a). Jesus loved us to the point of giving
his very life for us. We in turn need to grow in loving him
with our all. Now Jesus did not just die for us, for for all
humankind. God wants everyone to be saved. So we must “come
to the conclusion that one died for all” (v.14b).
we do a wide and massive work of evangelization, trying to
bring our relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers and even
strangers to Christ. It might be very difficult and challenging,
but no one is a hopeless case. “Consequently, from now
on we regard no one according to the flesh” (v.16a).
We know the Holy Spirit can transform anyone, just as in our
case. Thus, “even if we once knew Christ according to
the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer.” (v.16b).
is the wonderful work of the Spirit of Jesus. The Holy Spirit
transforms us, brings us to conversion, turns our lives topsy-turvy
for the better, overturns the darkness in our lives and fills
us with God’s light. It is a radical make-over. “So
whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have
passed away” (v.17a).
the same vein, the New Evangelization is not just about a
renewed effort at evangelization, which certainly remains
a part of it. But the work of the Spirit is ever fresh, even
radically new. This is why we need to thank and praise God
for giving us the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC)
movement as our gift to our Church. We need to expand our
vision and let God show us the way. Let us not hold on to
past glories and persist in doing things the old, tried and
even tested way. Know the reality: “behold, new things
have come.” (v.17b).