THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
ELEMENTS OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION - 3
2 Peter 3:8-14
The New Evangelization, in being an antidote to the tsunami
of evil in the world, is intended by God:
bring comfort and consolation to God’s people,knowing
that their salvation and liberation are at hand. “Comfort,
give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak to the
heart of Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service
has ended, that her guilt is expiated, that she has received
from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.”
(Is 40:1-2). God loves His people and does not want them
estranged from Him.
gather the lost sheep and provide care for God’s
people. “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in
his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom,
leading the ewes with care.” (Is 40:11). Jesus is
the Good Shepherd who cares for and protects his flock.
To manifest the power of God in the lives of people. “Here
comes with power the Lord God, who rules by his strong
arm” (Is 40:10a). God is the all-powerful King who
has dominion over all. He is rightful King over the whole
world. Those who put themselves under His reign will experience
His protection and bountiful provision.
To achieve massive renewal and a complete turning around
of the sorry situation in the world today. “Every
valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill made
low; the rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country,
a broad valley.”(Is 40:4). God wants total transformation
in the lives of His people, bringing them from darkness
into His marvelous light.
To enable the whole earth to witness the glory of God.
“Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and
all flesh shall see it together” (Is 40:5a). God
works with signs and wonders. All peoples of the earth
will bow down before the majesty of God.
To bring about the attributes of the Kingdom intended
by Godlove, truth, justice and peace in the world.
“Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will
kiss.” (Ps 85:11).
To prepare the bride of Christ for his second coming.
“A voice proclaims; In the wilderness prepare the
way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway
for our God!” (Is 40:3).
achieve God’s purposes, His people ought to act according
to what and how He intends. Following are fundamental principles
of the New Evangelization.
A persistent, insistent, massive proclamation of the gospel.
“Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of good
news! Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald
of good news!” (Is 40:9a). The missing first step
in the whole process of evangelization is the proclamation
of the gospel. Everyone needs to hear the gospel of salvation
focus on bringing people to repentance and faith in Jesus.
“John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming
a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
(Mk 1:4).People must turn away from their sins. There
can be no false mercy or political correctness, as repentance
is needed for our sins to be forgiven.
A renewal of the grace of Baptism and Confirmation through
baptism in the Spirit, especially for lapsed Catholics.
“I have baptized you with water; he will baptize
you with the holy Spirit.” (Mk 1:8). Many Catholics
have become baptized pagans. They need to be renewed in
Spirit. They need to imbibe the spirit of Pentecost as
they meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ.
What then must characterize the workers for the New Evangelization?
realization that we are already in the end times and that
the work of the New Evangelization is absolutely critical.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar
and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth
and everything done on it will be found out.” (2
Pt 3:10). When the end comes, it will be too late for
those who have not repented. We must have more workers
for the harvest.
A growing in holiness. It is not just turning away from
sin, but a turning to vibrant faith in Jesus, in pursuit
of authentic discipleship. It is to be like Christ. “Since
everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of
persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness
and devotion, …. Therefore, beloved, since you await
these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish
before him, at peace.” (2 Pt 3:11,14). God’s
people are to walk the path of holiness. They are to live
pure. They are to strive for Christian perfection. Further,
they must be devoted to the mission. Especially as we
go forth to battle enemy forces, we are to be holy warriors.
A total reliance on God and boldly doing the work without
fear. “Cry out, do not fear! Say to the cities of
Judah: Here is your God!” (Is 40:9b). God is with
us. The power of the Spirit is available to us. We are
doing divine work. The enemy has already been defeated.
There is nothing to fear.
sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord. “Behold,
I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare
your way.” (Mk 1:2b).Today God sends His people to
also prepare the way for the Lord, for the second coming
of Jesus. “A voice of one crying out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”
(Mk 1:3). We are to be heralds of the gospel.
work is urgent because we are already in the end times. We
of course do not know when Jesus will return. It might be
soon or it might be much later. Know “that with the
Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years
like one day.”(2 Pt 3:8b). But every day before Jesus
comes again is the opportunity to bring people to Christ.
God does want everyone to be saved. “The Lord does not
delay his promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but
he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pt 3:9).For
us, we just need to know that there is no time that we should
waste or lose.
all this we have a bonus. Our growing in holiness and our
devotion to God’s work can hasten the return of Jesus.
When everyone has had the opportunity to hear the gospel,
then the end will come. We must all be eagerly “waiting
for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pt
Onward to New Evangelization!