THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
URGENCY OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION - 5
Today’s gospel: Luke 9:57-62
What is the most important work of our Church? It is to carry
out Jesus’ final instructions, the Great Commission.
Our Church is a missionary body. We are to “go and proclaim
the kingdom of God.” (v.60b). The proclamation of the
gospel, this kerygma, is the missing first step in
the work of evangelization, which process lasts a lifetime.
is going to do this work? This work is done by Christians,
the people of God, who are also Jesus’ disciples. Many
people profess to be Christian, as they aver, "I will
follow you wherever you go." (v.57). To really follow
Jesus, to be an authentic disciple, is to live Christ and
to share Christ. Unfortunately, many who strive to be good
persons do not engage in the work of evangelization.
work of evangelization is so important, so crucial, so indispensable,
that it must be a first priority. A disciple of Jesus must
have him and his work as his utmost concern.Of course we are
also given other priorities in life, especially as to family
and livelihood. These are not to be neglected. But often,
in pursuit of these other priorities, it is the work of God
that we neglect. That should not be so.
the person who might not have been clear as to the proper
priority, or to what sacrifices a total assent to Jesus would
entail, Jesus says, “Foxes have dens and birds of the
sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his
head.” (v.58). If you will truly follow Jesus, be ready
to be as he is, to go where he goes, to endure what he endures.
the person who wanted to go first to bury his father (v.59b),
Jesus says, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you,
go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (v.60). Evangelization
is about bringing life to those who are spiritually dead.
This is the more important and urgent work. Familial and social
obligations can wait, but the proclamation of the gospel cannot.
the person who wanted to first say goodbye to his family at
home (v.61), Jesus says, “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 decided to follow
Jesus, then follow him all the way, including the work of
sharing Christ. And if you have decided to prioritize God’s
work, then do not keep looking back to the old life that you
have left behind. Do not be divided in your conviction and
work of evangelization is crucial and urgent. And so God calls
us to give our all. Now in these especially dark times, we
are called to the New Evangelization. Jesus leads the way.
As before, he says to us, “Follow me” (v.59a).