THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
OUR WORK FOR THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
Today’s gospel: Matthew 9:35-10:8
Our work in CFC-FFL and LCSC is the work called for by the
New Evangelization in this third millennium. It is the very
work that Jesus did, which is the very same work that we need
to do today. “Jesus went around to all the towns and
villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel
of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.”
(Mt 9:35). These were the all-important works of formation,
evangelization and total human liberation. It is work that
is to be done in all towns and villages, to the ends of the
this is the very work of God, because the grace of Jesus is
fully available, because God’s workers will be empowered
by the Holy Spirit, there can be expected very effective and
fruitful work. However, because God depends on human instruments
for this work, then, due to our own sin, weaknesses and misplaced
priorities, the extent and effectiveness of the work are compromised.
Just as it was in the time of Jesus, so it is in our time.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few”
(Mt 9:37). We need to pray for more workers, “so ask
the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
(Mt 9:38). More importantly, we ourselves need to respond.
And we need to get many others to join us in what should be
a massive work.
ought to see what a great privilege it is to participate in
God’s own work. Jesus commissioned his “disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them
out and to cure every disease and every illness.” (Mt
10:1). We are given Jesus’ own authority. Jesus is the
only one who can defeat Satan, but he enables and empowers
us to engage the enemy and triumph over evil spirits. Jesus
is the healer, but he uses us to bring wholeness to those
who are ill physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually.
the New Evangelization has a special focus on the lost sheep,
those Catholics who are lapsed and inactive. “Go rather
to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mt 10:6).
We need to put our own house in order first, in order to be
used by God powerfully to reach all others. And in the work
of evangelization, the first part is to proclaim the gospel
(kerygma). “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The
kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (Mt 10:7). With
proclamation, people meet Christ and get to know Christ. From
there they start to live Christ. Then they themselves participate
in the work, as they share Christ with others. One who has
met Christ and is starting to live Christ must share Christ
with others, recognizing the great gift that they have been
given. “Without cost you have received; without cost
you are to give.” (Mt 10:8b).