THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
URGENCY OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION – 6
Today’s gospel: Luke 18:1-8
Jesus asks, “But when the Son of Man comes, will he
find faith on earth?” (v.8b). Given present circumstances,
the answer is: not much. The Christian faith has been eroding
rapidly over the past decades. What is the present situation?
99 of the 100 sheep are lost. They have abandoned the faith
altogether, or are just nominal in their Christianity.
Most of the mainline Protestant denominations have embraced
the culture of death, accepting contraception, divorce,
abortion and same-sex unions. A majority of individual Catholics
are also in favor of these.
Many bishops and priests, especially in the Western world,
are more concerned about social justice issues, such as
immigration and climate change, and less so about issues
of faith, family and life.
assaults on faith, family and life by radical feminists,
LGBT forces, secular humanists and
continue unabated, and are even intensifying. And they have
a lot of money to advance their causes.
The Church, which is missionary, has lost much of its missionary
fervor and work. Our Catholics are being picked off by the
world, the sects and even the cults.
Catholic Church is wracked by division between liberals
and conservatives, with liberals at the highest levels,
causing confusion and worse, loss of authentic faith.
The reality is that the Church is losing Catholics by the
day! And there is no indication that this will abate or be
reversed any time soon.
are we to do?
know the urgency of the call to the New Evangelization. Jesus
gave his life so that all would be saved. But as it is right
now, not many will be saved. People need to be re-evangelized
so that they will turn back to God and to the Church.
make sure our own spirituality is in place. We are to “pray
always without becoming weary.” (v.1b). Prayer is not
just what we engage in when we have that special time set
aside for God. Prayer is all about a relationship with Jesus.
This is why Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. Our whole
life, 24/7, should be centered on Jesus, with our conscious
effort thatour acts each and every waking moment are pleasing
to God. Thus we are to continue to enter more deeply in our
relationship with Jesus each day. We are not to grow weary
in doing this, but endure and persevere through the difficulties
go about the work of evangelization and mission, and do this
with zeal and passion. Like the persistent widow, be persistent
as well, in season or out of season. For the work of the New
Evangelization, God has given us Live Christ, Share Christ
(LCSC). This is a way to reach and potentially bring back
all the lost sheep, tapping on to the many parish workers
to participate in bringing in a rich harvest.
do intercession. Jesus says, “Will not God then secure
the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and
night?” (v.7a). God knows what He wants to happen. But
He is waiting on us to be His instruments. Justice is to give
us what is our due, which is to be fully a part of God’s
divine work on earth. If we want it, if we persist, God will
let it happen. Jesus further says, “Will he be slow
to answer them?” (v.7b). The work of massive evangelization
is what is at the heart of God. This work is urgent. God is
just waiting for true disciples who are willing to do the
work. For those who present themselves, He will be quick to
empower and equip them.
If the Church does a massive work of evangelization and mission
in whatever remaining years there are, then there will be
more than a small flock when Jesus finally returns.
us get to it!