THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PRIORITY OF EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Luke 9:57-62
Christians are followers of Christ. We need to know what this
means, and then truly live it out. This is because today there
are very many nominal Christians, who carry the name of Christ
but do not live according to his ways. One important aspect
is knowing what our priority as Christians is. Is it family?
The poor? Justice issues? Immigration? Climate change? Political
these are of course important for a Christian, but of utmost
importance is evangelization, and especially the missing first
step in evangelization which is the proclamation of the gospel.
Jesus tells us, “But you, go and proclaim the kingdom
of God.” (v.60b). Those who are disciples of Christ
are used by him as instruments in order to set “a hand
to the plow’ (v.62a), that is, to prepare the field
for the seed that is to be planted.
is such proclamation of the word and planting of the seed
that bring a person to meet Christ, and eventually to live
Christ, thus becoming his follower. As such, it is of the
highest priority, for without this, nothing else can truly
follow. This is of greater priority, and this might surprise
you, than home, loved ones and family. This is not to say
that the home front is not important, because it is of great
importance. But Jesus had an even greater priority.
Jesus spent his first 30 years in his home, it was not his
priority to build his own home. “Foxes have dens and
birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere
to rest his head.” (v.58). It is natural for all animals,
and especially humans, to build their own homes, but that
was not the priority of the Son of Man.
is of greater priority than loved ones, that is, one’s
parents, children and siblings. To the one who said, “Lord,
let me go first and bury my father” (v.59b), Jesus said,
“Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim
the kingdom of God.” (v.60). One goes first not to bury
one’s father, but to proclaim the gospel. The call after
all is not about death but about life.
is of greater priority than family. To another who said, “I
will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my
family at home.” (v.61). This person knew what he wanted,
which was to follow Jesus, but he wanted to do first things
first, and that was to go to his family rather than proceeding
with Jesus on his journey. Jesus sets him straight. “No
one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left
behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” (v.62). If you
have already decided, then act immediately on that decision.
Do not keep looking back to what you are leaving behind. Otherwise
your fitness for the total dedication required of a disciple
has called us. He has invited us. “Follow me.”
(v.59a). Let our response be firm and with conviction. “I
will follow you wherever you go.” (v.57b). However,
wherever, without any other priorities. Such is a true follower