THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Luke 9:1-6
Our Church is missionary. Jesus’ mission was not just
for the Twelve but for all of us even today. We “are
sent” and so we too are apostles. The need is even greater
today, as the world is being overwhelmed by a tsunami of evil.
Thus there is the call to the New Evangelization. With such
an important call is the equipping and empowerment.
was it with the Twelve? Jesus “summoned the Twelve and
gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure
diseases” (v.1). That is the very authority of Jesus
and the very power of the Holy Spirit! These are to be used
effectively against all demons. These are to be used
effectively to cure diseases, to put right what is not of
so the Twelve were given their marching orders. Jesus “sent
them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
(v.2). To proclaim is to evangelize. To heal is to work at
total human liberation. Evangelization and work with the poor--these
even today are the very crucial works of the Church. They
are our work as well.
if we do God’s work, then God will provide what we need.
We need not worry and rely on our own resources. “Take
nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack,
nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.”
(v.3). Lack of human resources should not hold us back. The
less we have, the more God can provide.
in response to the New Evangelization, we can once again do
really massive work with LCSC. We take LCSC to all parishes
and all publics and all places. If a particular parish or
public or town does not accept you, simply move on to the
next. “And as for those who do not welcome you, when
you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony
against them.” (v.5). Do not waste your time and energy
arguing or convincing, because there will be more receptive
people elsewhere. Later (much later) you can go back to that
unwelcoming place and try again.
apostles of God, it is time to move on. There is much work
to be done. There is a harvest already prepared by God. Just
do your part and God will do the rest. You have been called
and have been sent. Go. “Then they set out and went
from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing
diseases everywhere.” (v.6).