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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 235)

NO NON-COMBATANTS

March 8, 2018

Today’s gospel: Luke 11:14-23


These are urgent and critical times in the life of our Church and of the world. A tsunami of evil is upon the whole world. Many Catholics have fallen away and 99 of the 100 sheep are lost. The situation continues to deteriorate. When Jesus returns, will he find faith on earth?

This is why the Spirit has called the Church to a New Evangelization. At its heart, this is about spiritual warfare. The war rages in the heavens and on earth between God and Satan. During Jesus’ public ministry, he drove out many demons and set people free. “He was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute person spoke and the crowds were amazed.” (v.14).

But there were those who could not see or would not believe what was happening. “Some of them said, ‘By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.’ Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.” (v.15-16). It is the same today. Many Catholics are unaware of the spiritual war that is raging around them. Many do not recognize the assault of the evil one on the Church. Many are not engaged in resisting that assault.

Jesus has actually already crushed the head of the serpent and has won the victory in this war. But in the devil’s death throes, he is savagely lashing out and causing much damage. God’s people need to engage, resist and counter-assault. In this we are assured that Jesus is the stronger man who overcomes the strong man, the devil (see v.21-22).

Thus the Church is called to the New Evangelization. In this, all authentic disciples of Jesus need to be engaged. There are no non-combatants. Jesus gives us our choice: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (v.23). There are only two sides­God’s and Satan’s. If we are not with God, then we are against Him. Indeed, today many Catholics have taken the side of Satan. But even if we do not engage in evil works, by doing nothing we are aiding the enemy in his assault. Thus, if we do not do the work of evangelization and mission, which God uses to bring back and gather His people, then we contribute to their continued scattering, becoming easy prey for the enemy and remaining under his dominion.

The call has been sounded. The situation is dire. Jesus drove out demons. Now it is our turn to drive out the enemy. Arise, holy warriors!

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