THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
AN UNFAITHFUL PEOPLE
The New Evangelization is intended to bring God’s people,
who are lost, back to God and back to the Church. The Church
is the bride of Christ, but she has been unfaithful. The situation
of God’s people (Israel) then was the same as the situation
of God’s people (Christians) today. Or perhaps even
we need a prophet like Ezekiel to tell us the truth of our
situation (since many bishops today will not do so). “Son
of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations.” (Ez
16:2). Despite what God has done for us, bringing us out of
the darkness and filth of sin into His presence and embrace,
just as God did to Israel (Ez 16:4-14), we have responded
with infidelity, with rebellion, with modern-day idolatry,
with the abominations of abortion, divorce and same-sex unions.
In turning away from God and embracing the world, the bride
of Christ has made herself a prostitute (Ez 16:15-34).
what ways? Among many others:
Divorce has been legalized and is widespread. This is contrary
to God’s design from the very beginning. Husband and
wife become one flesh. “So they are no longer two,
but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.” (Mt 19:6). Divorce
has devastated the family and society.
Adultery. Sex outside sacramental marriage is widespread
and accepted. “Adulterous wife, taking strangers in
place of her husband!” (Ez 16:32). This includes those
who have divorced (assuming a previous valid sacramental
marriage) and remarried. “I say to you, whoever divorces
his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another
commits adultery.” (Mt 19:9).
Abortion. The Israelites turned to child sacrifice. “You
slaughtered and immolated my children to them, making them
pass through fire.” (Ez 16:21). Today’s Christians
have advanced many steps further, murdering the unborn in
the womb, and doing this in the millions.
Same-sex unions. Today’s secular culture, including
many even in the Church, is accepting this as normal. It
is not. It is abnormal. It is an abomination. It is not
God’s design. “Have you not read that from the
beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’”
(Mt 19:4). There are only 2 sexes, not 70+ genders.
Injustice to the poor. This was the other sin of Sodom,
aside from sexual depravity. “Now look at the guilt
of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were proud,
sated with food, complacent in prosperity. They did not
give any help to the poor and needy.” (Ez 16:49).
This is a great scandal in the world, and cries out to heaven
As such, we are all under God’s wrath and condemnation.
“I will inflict on you the sentence of adultery and
murder; I will bring on you bloody wrath and jealous anger.”
(Ez 16:38). Woe to us all, as God is a God of justice. “I
will deal with you for what you did; you despised an oath
by breaking a covenant.” (Ez 16:39). We will be punished
for sin. But God is also a God of mercy. God can restore us,
if we let Him. “But I will remember the covenant I made
with you when you were young” (Ez 16:60a). If we repent
and turn back to God, then we can again we right with Him.
“For I will re-establish my covenant with you, that
you may know that I am the Lord, that you may remember and
be ashamed, and never again open your mouth because of your
disgrace, when I pardon you for all you have done” (Ez
will this wonderful development happen? People need to turn
back to God and back to the Church. How will that happen?
They need to be re-evangelized. We need to proclaim the good
news of salvation in Jesus. We need to share Christ. Then
people can start to once again live Christ. “Among the
nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his
name. Sing praise to the Lord for he has done glorious things;
let this be known throughout all the earth.” (Is 12:4b-5a).
is the urgent work of the New Evangelization.