THE SERVANT GENERAL
OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION – 6
Jesus came to the world to save us. That is his basic work.
That is our basic work as well. It is called evangelization.
Our Church is a missionary Church. Unfortunately, most Catholics
do not know what this work is all about, and many clerics
are busy about many things but not focused on this particular
this work of evangelization, there is one and only one process.
Jesus sends us, we preach (proclaim, witness, testify), people
hear the gospel, they believe, they call upon the name of
the Lord (Rom 10:9-10), they are saved (Rom 10:13-15a). Jesus
already called and sent His people, beginning from the apostles,
the first disciples (Mt 4:18-22). He continues to call, and,
if we respond, send his disciples. So Jesus got the process
going by doing the very first part, which is sending. Now
this is where it bogs down. Many of his so-called disciples
do not preach or proclaim the gospel. This is the missing
first step in the work of evangelization.
it is another challenge to move from proclamation. People
need to hear the gospel, but many today are not interested
to even listen. Then even if they hear, will they believe?
“But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah
says, ‘Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?’”
(Rom 10:16). Now this is no longer our part. It is God’s
part. We evangelize, and God grants the grace to hear, accept
and believe. But if we do not evangelize, then the process
does not proceed at all. So we just proclaim the gospel, because
“faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes
through the word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17).
we need to persevere in the work of evangelization. In fact,
since this is the most basic work of the Church and of authentic
disciples, then we need to give it our all. When Jesus called
his first disciples, Peter and Andrew “left their nets
and followed him.” (Mt 4:20). James and John left their
boat and their father and followed him.” (Mt 4:22).
They left the two most important aspects of people’s
lives: their family and their livelihood. Today, these two
important elements are what keep good people from giving their
all to the work of becoming fishers of men. Not all of us
today will be called to literally leave loved ones and livelihood
in order to follow Jesus. But all of us are called to give
top priority to the work of evangelization.
proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Jesus is of the
highest priority, and the work of evangelization is to the
ends of the earth, intended to reach all. “A report
goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends
of the world.” (Ps 19:5a).
call today is to the New Evangelization. Among other things
(please read my new book coming out soon for more), this means
(1) a recovery of the missing first step, the proclamation
of the gospel, (2) the need for focus and total commitment,
and (3) the thrust to do a work that is rapid, massive and
will the heavenly host cry out, “How beautiful are the
feet of those who bring the good news!” (Rom 10:15b).
May you be counted among them.
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