THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVE AND SHARE CHRIST IN THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Today’s gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
The gospel today teaches us about Jesus’ work and what
would now be the proper response to the call to the New Evangelization.
start with the condition of God’s people. At that time,
“they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without
a shepherd.” (v.36b). Today, 99 of the 100 sheep are
lost. They are not securely within the sheepfold, that is,
the Church. They are being lost to the world, to sects and
to cults, and we are losing them by default, because we are
not there for them. The pastors are not educating lay Catholics
enough about the essence of Christianity and life of faith
“the harvest is abundant” (v.37a). There is much
that can be done to bring back the lost sheep. Why will the
harvest not be rich, when the salvation of souls is at the
very heart of God, when Jesus already won salvation for us
on the cross, when divine grace is abundant, when the power
of the Holy Spirit is available? But people need to be brought
into this whole wonderful situation. They need to meet
Christ anew. And the way that would happen is when
we go about “proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom”
there are so many to be reached. Who are to reach them? The
gospel is to be proclaimed by us, as instruments of Jesus.
So the problem is that “the laborers are few.”
(v.37b). It becomes a vicious circle. There are few laborers
so only a few are reached. Those who are reached would in
turn be the workers of the Kingdom, but there are few that
are reached and so there are few laborers. What is needed
is to work with the laborers that are available, and do a
rapid and massive work of evangelization.
the number of workers grow, we look to the massive work that
needs to be done, to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth.
And in every particular locality, the gospel is to be brought
to the grassroots at the peripheries. Just like Jesus who
“went around to all the towns and villages” (v.35a),
we too need to go to every town, every area, every nation
and every sector of society.
who meet Christ will start to live Christ.
In this they need to know and be formed in the Christian life.
Just like Jesus who was “teaching in their synagogues”
(v.35b), we too need to do formation in the parishes and in
the publics. We do have the programs for this.
at the massiveness of the work, we continue “to ask
the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
(v.38). It is His work after all and we are just
His instruments. Those who are starting to live Christ must
also share Christ.
is urgency in this work. For Jesus, “at the sight of
the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them”
(v.36a). We too cannot be content in our own salvation or
our secure life in the Church. We must desire that all be
saved and enter into vibrant communion with the whole people
we do all the above, we are working at the liberation from
all that oppress humanity, just like Jesus who was “curing
every disease and illness.” (v.35d). What is the ultimate
solution to poverty, crime, violence, immorality, environmental
degradation, and so on? It is conversion of hearts and minds.
How will that happen? It is as people meet Christ and start
to live Christ. How will that come about? It is as we share
Christ, as we proclaim the gospel so that people would be
led to repent and put their faith in Jesus, and call upon
Jesus drove the demon out of a mute person, “the crowds
were amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been
seen in Israel.’” (v.32). When we are touched
by the Spirit of Jesus, we are no longer mute, but we proclaim
Christ, and in doing the work of evangelization, we help drive
demons out of the lives of people and the territories they
hold in bondage. Let the New Evangelization happen, so people
will be amazed at the signs and wonders the Spirit will bring
about, and say, “Nothing like this has ever been seen
in the world.”