THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
NEW WINE IN FRESH WINESKINS
Today’s gospel: Luke 5:33-39
The New Evangelization is new, but evangelization is 2,000
years old. The challenge is to know what to keep from the
old and what to adopt as new.
New Evangelization cannot just be carried out by what the
Church has been doing all these years and by all the existing
programs and ministries. As such, “no one pours new
wine into old wineskins.” (v.37a). We have been doing
what we have been doing, and still our Church weakens and
we are losing Catholics by the day. If we just rely on what
we have been doing and programs we have been running (and
there are very many good ones), then, as Albert Einstein says,
that is insanity, that is, doing the same things over and
over but expecting a different result.
we bring leadings of the Spirit showing us elements of the
New Evangelization into existing structures, processes and
mindsets, it could cause confusion, chaos, resistance and
rebellion, as those used to things do not accept and are disconcerted
by radical proposals. Unfortunately, “no one who has
been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The
old is good.’” (v.39). The old, what God has blessed
us with in CFC-FFL, indeed, like old wine, is good, is very
good. We do not throw out our old wine. We enjoy it, we allow
it to fulfill its purpose. God still has a mighty purpose
we must desire the new wine that the Spirit offers. We must
not close our minds and hearts to what is the greater wisdom
and plan of God. So for the New Evangelization, new wineskins
are needed. New ways and methodologies of handling evangelization
are needed. If we persist in our old ways, what God reveals
will go for naught. If we do not humble ourselves and be docile
to the Holy Spirit, we will end up even opposing what is of
God, and cause chaos even among ourselves. Thus ”the
new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and
the skins will be ruined.” (v.37b).
new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.” (v.38).
This is why our response as CFC-FFL to the New Evangelization
is not just to do what we have always been doing, even as
we try to go back to basics, stir up evangelistic zeal, etc.
This is why God gave us LCSC, which we have been tasked to
give to our Church.
new wine of the New Evangelization is to be poured into the
fresh wineskin that is LCSC.