THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Matthew 17:14-20
We readily say that nothing is impossible with God, but do
we really believe it? Or rather, do we really believe that
with God at work in and through us, nothing is impossible
for us? Indeed this is what Jesus tells us. “Nothing
will be impossible for you.” (v.20c).
such is dependent on our believing. Jesus’ disciples
could not drive out the demon from the possessed boy “because
of (their) little faith.” (v.20a). Does this happen
to us, that our faith is shaken when we face big challenges,
call to massive evangelization, as we doubt that God could
really use us to bring millions to the faith?
financial demands of doing worldwide mission, as we look
at the pittance that God’s people give to the community?
lack of commitment and faithfulness of our brethren, as
we see poor attendance at community gatherings?
need for renewal and revival of our Church and her parishes,
as we witness the many lost sheep and the lack of holiness
among those who still remain in the sheepfold?
strong enemy forces assaulting faith, family and life, as
we seem to be helpless in the face of Goliath?
tsunami of evil overwhelming the whole world, as we see
the loss of faith and the rapid overturning of our traditional
Well, the New Evangelization is about having faith in Jesus
and the power of his Spirit to make disciples of all nations.
This is why Jesus suffered and died for us. God wants all
humankind to be saved. God will not withhold any good thing,
any grace, and spiritual gift, any equipping, any empowerment,
that is needed to accomplish the mission. We just need to
believe, and act on that belief.
we can rest on and trust in Jesus’ assurance. “Amen,
I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move.” (v.20b).
Time to move mountains! Onward to the New Evangelization.