THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL
Today’s gospel: Mark 4:1-20
We as CFC-FFL are called to rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization.
This is what we have been doing since the decade of the 1990’s.
Now we are called to the New Evangelization. Our response
is LCSC, still rapid, massive and worldwide, but much
more rapid and massive, intended for all Catholics
(and other Christians as well).
primary program of LCSC is the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS).
This is intended to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization
based in our parishes. It is focused on the initial first
step in evangelization, which is often the missing first step,
and that is the proclamation of the gospel. Without such proclamation,
due to the specific “process” given us by God
(see Rom 10:3-15a), many people will not move on to experience
the salvation Jesus already won for them.
such massive proclamation, to reach everyone especially
those in the grassroots at the peripheries, is crucial to
our Church’s missionary calling. “The sower sows
the word.” (v.14). Now proclaiming the gospel is no
guarantee that people will be converted. In reality, the hearts
of people is hard soil. The word preached may fall on the
path only to be eaten by birds, or on rocky ground where it
withers, or among thorns where it is choked (v.3-7).
the world, the flesh and the devil conspire to prevent the
word sown from taking root. There is the world of
“worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving
for other things” (v.19). There is the weakness of our
sinful flesh, where, even if we initially respond
enthusiastically to the gospel (v.16), because our faith is
not deep (v.17a), we fall and fall away “when tribulation
or persecution comes because of the word” (v.17b). Then
there is of course Satan, who “comes at once
and takes away the word sown in them.” (v.15).
some of that seed will fall on rich soil. “And
some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.” (v.8a).
There will be those people “who hear the word
and accept it” (v.20a). They not only hear the gospel
and meet Christ, but they go on
to live Christ, and “bear
fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” (v.20b).
is the essential point: Though many to whom the gospel is
proclaimed will not move on to conversion and transformation
in Christ, we still need to proclaim the gospel to everyone,
so that they have the chance or opportunity to hear and believe
and thus be saved! We need to share Christ.
If the gospel is not proclaimed to them, then they have no
chance at all. Satan will be happy, as he does not even have
to snatch away the word that is sown, as there is no sowing
done at all.
is a great mystery that God has entrusted to His people the
sowing of the word, to do the very work of Jesus. But “the
mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you.”
(v.11a). And since the evangelization of the world depends
on understanding this basic call to do the missing first
step, that is, to proclaim the gospel, then how can the
rest follow if this is not in place? How can one eternally
be saved, or grow in holiness and Christian perfection, or
be saints, martyrs and warriors, or build the Church of the
Poor, or become peacemakers, or be the light to the world?
“Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you
understand any of the parables?” (v.13).
have been called to the New Evangelization. And we have been
given the way to respond, which is LCSC.