THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST - 8
Today’s gospel: Mark 1:40-45
Today’s gospel about the cleansing of a leper has much
to teach us about the work of the New Evangelization, especially
the need to meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ. The
situation of lepers at the time of Jesus was that they were
outcasts from society. Today the modern-day lepers are those
who are estranged from God and are outside the full embrace
of the Church. A big difference is that they are not being
cast out or shunned, but in fact are fully accepted by the
happened to the leper?
leper met Jesus, acknowledged his lordship, and entered into
a personal relationship with him, involving healing and cleansing.
“A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and
said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’’
(v.40). He put his faith in Jesus.
the leper transitioned from meeting Jesus to starting to live
his way of life, a life of purity and holiness. He experienced
metanoia, a total transformation that changed his
sorry condition to one of wholeness. “The leprosy left
him immediately, and he was made clean.” (v.42).
the leper started to share about Jesus and his goodness. “The
man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He
spread the report abroad” (v.45a). He could not contain
his joy and gratitude. He had to proclaim the good news of
his salvation at the hands of Jesus. No one could dissuade
him, not even Jesus, who told him “See that you tell
no one anything” (v.44a).
leper’s life was completely transformed, completely
turned around, as he encountered Jesus. This is what needs
to happen as well to us all, especially to lapsed Catholics.
Those who are in sin, who are outside the sheepfold, need
to meet Christ anew. They need to experience
the transforming hand of Jesus, repent of sin, put their faith
in him, and start to live Christ in every
way. And they have to share Christ to others.
We in fact have been commanded to do so, as Jesus’ disciples.
This is unlike the leper, who was commanded not to speak about
what Jesus had done to him, but did so anyway.
we live and share Christ, reaching out to the lost sheep,
the Holy Spirit will empower us, and we will experience massive
and widespread evangelization, as “people kept coming
to him from everywhere.” (v.45d).