THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
ELEMENTS OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION – 5
October 31, 2018
Today’s gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Today’s gospel gives a number of realities with regard
to the New Evangelization.
is the reality that many are lost. “Lord, will only
a few people be saved?” (v.23). As it is today, few
will be saved. Many are dying in their sins. 99 of the 100
sheep are lost. Our Church is losing Catholics by the day.
This is why the work of evangelization is of the utmost urgency.
We must do whatever we can to try to save a few more souls.
is the need to strive for holiness and Christian perfection.
“Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many,
I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
(v.24). It takes great effort to enter the Kingdom of God.
It is not enough to pray a little, to read the Bible a little,
to go to church every once in a while, to even try to refrain
from wrongdoing (but end up failing). What is needed is to
strive to be holy as God is holy, to be perfect as the heavenly
Father is perfect.
is the reality that we are already in the end times. “After
the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then
will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open
the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I
do not know where you are from.’” (v.25). It is
late in the day. The opportunity to repent and turn to faith
in Jesus is shortening. We need to enter the narrow door now.
is the need to go beyond mere external shows of piety. “And
you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and
you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all
you evildoers!’” (v.26-27). One might receive
Communion weekly but outside of Mass act in ways that are
unchristian. One might go to Bible studies but fail to love
one’s neighbor. We are either with Jesus or against
him. To fail to strive for holiness is to more easily fall
into unrighteousness. We either serve God or mammon. To not
fully embrace Jesus is to end up embracing the world.
must be about the work of the New Evangelization.