THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
April 27, 2017
Today’s reading: Acts 5:27-33
Kerygma means the proclamation of the gospel. It
is that all-important proclamation that brings people to faith
in Jesus, and thus to salvation. In today’s retort of
Peter and the apostles to the Sanhedrin, we see the basic
elements of the kerygma.
First there is the
proclamation of Jesus the Messiah. “The God of our ancestors
raised Jesus” (v.30a). Jesus is “leader and savior”
(v.31b). Second, there is the claim to be witnesses. “We
are witnesses of these things” (v.32a). We are those
commissioned by Jesus to proclaim the gospel. Third, there
is the call to repentance and faith. God grants “repentance
and forgiveness of sins.” (v.31c). Fourth, there is
the all-important role of the Holy Spirit. To those who accept
the witness, who look to Jesus as Messiah and savior, who
repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus, they receive
“the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey
This is the content
of our shortened CLS (add Session #5 on Growing in the Spirit).
This is the LCS of the LCSC mission. This is the missing first
step in evangelization and renewal of God’s people.
Today there is so much activity in our parishes, but without
the essential initial proclamation of the gospel.
We need to do a massive
work of mounting CLS and LCSs. This is the Great Commission,
commanded by Jesus himself. We will be opposed by the world
and the devil’s forces, but we must do what God tells
us to do. “We must obey God rather than men.”