THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION - 2
1 John 1:1-4
Christmas is about Jesus, the Son of God, being born in the
world as the Son of Mary. It is the coming of the “Word
of life--for the life was made visible” (1 Jn 1:1c-2a).
Jesus would move on to fulfill his task as Savior of the world.
what is our task? It is to witness to “what we have
heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon
and touched with our hands” (1 Jn 1:1b). It is to “testify
to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the
Father and was made visible to us” (1 Jn 1:2b). Though
we were not there at Jesus’ birth and resurrection,
we testify that Jesus was born of Mary, suffered and died
for our sins, and rose on the third day (Jn 20:5-8). And the
purpose is to bring people to salvation, which is the very
reason Jesus came into the world. It is to help bring people
to God and to His Church. “What we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship
with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his
Son, Jesus Christ.” (1 Jn 1:3).
rejoice at Christmas time, and rightly so. If our joy is just
in the parties, gift-giving and fellowship, then we have entirely
missed the meaning of Christmas. Our joy can only be in the
coming of God in the person of Jesus, and in the salvation
that he brought. But is this joy to be kept to ourselves?
Is the light not to be shared in order to dispel the darkness
in the world. Are we not to share Christ with many others
so that they too would experience true Christmas joy? This
now is the work of evangelization. We proclaim Christ to the
ends of the earth, so that Jesus would be accepted as Savior
and King. “Our Lord is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.” (Ps 97:1).
this is the only way by which “our joy may be complete.”
(1 Jn 1:4).