THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
NOT UNDERSTANDING THE NEW EVANGELIZATION – 2
Today’s reading: Acts 19:1-8
The Spirit’s call is to the New Evangelization. To be
docile to the Spirit and act accordingly, we need to understand
what elements of the New Evangelization are. One very important
element is the role of the Holy Spirit.
problem with Catholics today is that they do not really know
the Holy Spirit. “We have never even heard that there
is a holy Spirit.” (v.2b). Well, they have heard of
the Holy Spirit, but they do not know what His role is, and
they do not live out His empowerment.
Catholics are baptized as babies. This is when original sin
is wiped away. It is “a baptism of repentance”
(v.4a). But with the sacrament of Baptism, we also receive
the Holy Spirit. But why are so many baptized Catholics living
lives that show no empowerment by the Spirit? Why are they
not holy? Why are they not about the work of evangelization?
there is a need for an adult experience of the infilling of
the Holy Spirit. This comes with the so-called baptism in
the Spirit. This happens as CLS participants are “baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (v.5). “And when
Paul laid his hands on them, the holy Spirit came upon them”
(v.6a). With the baptism in the Spirit come the spiritual
gifts. “…. and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.”
in our work of evangelization, a crucial aspect is the baptism
in the Spirit and the exercise of the spiritual gifts given
by the Spirit to each one. If these are opposed, then the
infilling of the Spirit which results in the outpouring of
the Spirit cannot happen.
the work of the New Evangelization, the baptism in the Spirit
enables Jesus’ disciples to “debate boldly with
persuasive arguments about the kingdom of God.” (v.8b).