THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
CASTING THE NET
Today’s gospel: Matthew 13:47-53
What is the kingdom of heaven about? What is the work of the
kingdom? What is the mission of the Church? The Church is
missionary. She exists in order to do mission, to proclaim
the salvation of Jesus to the world. This work is intended
to reach everyone, in order to give all the opportunity to
turn to Jesus and be saved. “Again, the kingdom of heaven
is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of
every kind.” (v.48). This is why LCSC is important.
LCSC is intended by God to reach every lapsed Catholic. As
the Catholic Church experiences renewal and revival, then
she can accomplish her assigned work in the world, to reach
wants everyone to be saved. But this salvation depends on
people accepting it. Not everyone will. Perhaps not many will.
The net is cast as widely as possible, but will not result
in everyone being received into the Kingdom. “When it
is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good
into buckets. What is bad they throw away.” (v.48).
woe to those who will not enter into the Kingdom. At the end
of time, they, who were destined to live in eternal bliss
with God in heaven, will instead spend the rest of eternity
in the fires of hell. “Thus it will be at the end of
the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from
the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where
there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” (v.49-50).
asks us, “Do you understand all these things?”
(v.51a). Unfortunately many do not. Many do not even consider
the consequences of serious unrepented sin in their lives.
Many also do not think there is a hell, and so they have nothing
to be afraid of. But judgment and hell are realities.
many people, including Catholics, do not realize these things,
then we who know Christ must strive to let them know. We must
be concerned about their souls. We must do whatever we can
to be instruments of their salvation. Thus this is our work
of evangelization. We must be like the scribe Jesus refers
to in this passage. “Then every scribe who has been
instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a
household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the
we been instructed in the mission of the Kingdom? Are we concerned
about God’s children as the head of a household would
be? Then we look to the work of evangelization, which, having
been started almost 2,000 years ago, is old, but also looking
today to the New Evangelization.