THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
The call to the New Evangelization is a call to apostolic
zeal. There are many to be reached, especially within the
Church. The laborers are few. Those few, while praying for
many more, ought to be zealous in responding to God’s
call. They need to be consumed by it.
was the apostle Paul. “If I preach the gospel, this
is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed
on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!” (v.16).
To share Christ is our responsibility and obligation. God
depends on His people to preach the good news. We have been
“entrusted with a stewardship.” (v.17b). The harvest
is rich but the laborers are few. If we do not share Christ,
then we disobey God’s command, and we leave the sheep
lost and scattered. Woe to such Christians who do not respond
to God’s commission, and respond with great zeal.
gospel is to be preached to the ends of the earth. It is for
all people. The zealous evangelizer, who is an instrument
of God and His servant, makes himself “a slave to all
so as to win over as many as possible.” (v.19b). It
is all about massive evangelization.
you have met Christ and are starting to live Christ, you must
also share Christ. Our Church is missionary. Every Christian
is to be an evangelizer. As we have been saved, we must also
be instruments to bring Christ’s salvation to all. This
is how we can have the fullness of the good news of salvation
in Jesus. “All this I do for the sake of the gospel,
so that I too may have a share in it.” (v.23).
are to give our all to this work. We must be relentless and
persevering. “I drive my body and train it” (v.27a).
We must go all out to win others to God’s Kingdom, until
we ourselves finish the race. “Run so as to win.”
(v.24b). We must be disciplined and enduring, until we finally
receive the crown of glory. “Every athlete exercises
discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown,
but we an imperishable one.” (v.25).
you share Christ in your own way? Are you zealous for the
gospel? Are you living out your duty to evangelize? Are you
persevering despite hardships? Do you have a thirst for souls?
Let not woe come upon us for not sharing the gospel.