THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
CALLED TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
January 3, 2013
Today’s reading: 1 John 2:29-3:6
The New Evangelization is a call to meet Christ, to live Christ,
and to share Christ. We can only truly do these if we strive
to live and grow in righteousness. We are children of God
(1 Jn 3:1a), disciples of Jesus, and instruments of the Holy
Spirit. We are a people of God. This means we act in the ways
of God. How is that manifest? “If you consider that
he is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness
is begotten by him.” (1 Jn 2:29).
meet Jesus and we get to know him. But here is the truth:
“no one who sins has seen him or known him.” (1
Jn 3:6b). We are to live like Jesus. But here is the truth:
“No one who remains in him sins” (1 Jn 3:6a).
God is righteous and so should we be. Here is what we should
know: “that he was revealed to take away sins, and in
him there is no sin.” (1 Jn 3:5). Jesus is pure and
sinless while we are not. But that is precisely why Jesus
came into the world to redeem us. He has washed us clean by
his blood. The challenge is now to remain spotless, to be
like Jesus. “Everyone who has this hope based on him
makes himself pure, as he is pure.” (1 Jn 3:3).
belong to God. But here is the truth: “Everyone who
commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness.”
(1 Jn 3:4). Lawlessness is the activity of the antichrist.
It is hostility to God and rejection of Christ. It is the
exact opposite of our call. So if we sin, we are no longer
children of God but are children of the devil. If we sin,
we have not truly met Jesus, we do not live like him, and
we are unable to effectively share him to others.
God reminds us through John, “Beloved, we are God’s
children now” (1 Jn 3:2a). And “so we are.”
(1 Jn 3:1b). And so we look to being restored to paradise.
While in this life, Jesus has made the call to holiness and
perfection. We are to be righteous and to live pure. We cannot
fully appreciate how we can live according to the very holiness
of God, for “what we shall be has not yet been revealed.”
(1 Jn 3:2b). But we have an inkling. Jesus has already walked
among us in the flesh. We now live by and through and in his
Spirit. We look forward to what is to come, a perfect existence
in heaven. “We do know that when it is revealed we shall
be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 Jn 3:2c).
What a very wonderful state to look forward to! What great
motivation to live righteous lives!
there is more. We not only meet Christ and live Christ, but
we also need to share Christ. Meeting Christ is about our
own conversion and transformation. Living Christ is about
our becoming effective instruments to witness to him. If we
met Jesus and are living for him but do not share him with
others, then we are most selfish, for there are many others
in the world who are lost, for the world “did not know
him.” (1 Jn 3:1d).
how can the world meet and know Christ? It is through us who
reflect Christ. It is through us who proclaim Christ. Unfortunately
there are so many so-called Christians in the world but “the
world does not know us” (1 Jn 3:1c). The world does
not see Christ in us. The world does not hear the voice of
Christ through us. We need to share Christ.
The New Evangelization is a call to righteousness, so that
we can meet Christ, live Christ, and share Christ.