THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
NEW THINGS HAVE COME - 2
Today’s gospel: Matthew 13:10-17
We have been called to the New Evangelization. Many do not
understand this call. It is a prophetic call by the Holy Spirit,
with great relevance in our times, directing us in the way
our Church is to go. For us in CFC-FFL, this is LCSC. But
the call to the New Evangelization is like the parables of
Jesus. Unfortunately, many do not understand and many do not
listen. We have eyes to see and ears to hear, but “they
look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.”
seek to impart “knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom
of heaven” (v.11a). But understanding a parable necessitates
reflection, humility, and being open to explore its meaning.
The mysteries designate a divine plan for the life of the
world that can be known only when revealed. The mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven point to the reality that the Kingdom
of God has become present in the ministry of Jesus, and for
us today, in the continuing work of the Holy Spirit. To see
and to hear is to recognize these realities.
refers to Isaiah’s prophecy that is fulfilled (v.14a).
This is in Isaiah 6:8-10. Isaiah was called by God and sent
to speak to His people (Is 6:8). But God’s people would
not hear and see. “Listen carefully, but do not understand!
Look intently, but do not perceive!” (Is 6:9). Why would
God’s people not understand or perceive? Because their
hearts were hardened and they were not open to God’s
words or plan. “Make the heart of this people sluggish,
dull their ears and close their eyes” (Is 6:10a).
was the case not only in the time of Isaiah, but also in the
time of Jesus. “Gross is the heart of this people, they
will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes”
(v.15a). Unfortunately, such is still the case today. God’s
people (and even leaders in our Church and community) do not
see or hear. They have not been open to God’s revelation.
They have not expanded their vision. They have not recognized
the movement of the Holy Spirit leading the Church into the
only they would not harden their hearts, if only they would
be more open to God’s revelation through His prophets
and visionaries, then would “they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and
be converted” (v.15b). Then they would be made whole,
then they would begin to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom,
then they would be attuned to the movement of the Spirit for
the life of the world. Then Jesus would bless them and “heal
open to God’s revelation enables one to receive further
understanding and enlightenment and wisdom about His revealed
mysteries. But for those who remain closed (eyes, ears, heart),
God will not work, and they will end up farther away from
the designs of God. “To anyone who has, more will be
given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even
what he has will be taken away.” (v.12). Those who see
and hear will perceive and understand, and will thus enter
more deeply into the mysteries of the Kingdom. Those who do
not will eventually fall away.
your hearts. Open your eyes. Listen intently. Be blessed and
flow with the Spirit. “But blessed are your eyes, because
they see, and your ears, because they hear.” (v.16a).