THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
URGENCY OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Matthew 10:7-15
People today are dying in their sins. They are those whom
Jesus gave his life for, and already saved. But they need
to accept what Jesus has done for them, repent and turn away
from sin, and put their faith in Jesus. For this to happen,
they need to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus. This
is why the work of evangelization is so urgent. Such is the
task of evangelizers. “As you go, make this proclamation:
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (v.7).
there will be those who “will not receive you or listen
to your words” (v.14a). What does Jesus say about them?
“Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the
land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for
that town.” (v.15). What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah?
For their inhabitants’ unrepented sin, they were destroyed
by fire and brimstone. Why will it be worse for the people
of towns that will not receive the gospel? It is because they
will end up not being consumed just at one instance, but suffering
eternally in the fires of hell.
wants all to be saved. This is why God gives all people the
opportunity to hear the gospel and make a decision for Christ.
This is why we who are true disciples of Jesus need to do
a massive and worldwide work of evangelization. But it is
still up to people to decide. As people are dying in their
sins daily, the work of evangelization is urgent. Evangelizers
must be committed and persistent. With so much work to be
done, evangelizers need to press on and to move on, not being
held back, not lingering to wait for people’s positive
responses. If people will not listen to or receive the message,
then “go outside that house or town and shake the dust
from your feet.” (v.14). The evangelizers would already
have done their task. And there are so many other towns to