THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE LOST SHEEP – 7
A primary impetus for the New Evangelization is the bringing
back of the lost sheep, those Catholics who have abandoned
the faith or are not living out the fullness of faith. They
are prey to the world, the flesh and the devil. Their eternal
destiny is threatened. But “it is not the will of your
heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”
(Mt 18:14). God wants everyone to be saved.
if even just one of the 100 sheep is lost, God seeks to bring
him/her back (Mt 18:12). This parable is about God’s
mercy. When found, there is great rejoicing (Mt 18:13). But
the reality in the world today is that not one but 99 of the
100 sheep are lost! Oh, how that grieves the heart of God.
But Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost and cares
for them. “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his
arms he gathers the lambs” (Is 40:11a).
in the call to the New Evangelization, Jesus has entrusted
the work of bringing back the lost sheep to His disciples.
They are to “proclaim his salvation day after day.”
(Ps 96:2b). They are to be persistent and bold in proclaiming
the good news of salvation in Jesus. “Cry out at the
top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Cry out,
do not fear! Say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!”
(Is 40:9b). When people hear this good news, by the grace
of God they will believe, accept Jesus as Savior and Lord,
and thus be saved.
New Evangelization is for all. We are to “declare among
the nations: The Lord is king.” (Ps 96:10a).