THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MAKE HIM KNOWN
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:7-12
Jesus is attractive and the gospel is compelling. When Jesus
and his gospel are proclaimed, people will listen, be attracted,
and have their lives changed. But this is not the case with
the Church today.
With Jesus, “a large number of people followed”
him (Mk 3:7b). Today there are over two billion Christians,
but the great majority of them are nominal or lapsed, and
cannot really be considered as disciples of Jesus.
what he was doing, a large number of people came to him”
from all over (Mk 3:8). Today many Christians, especially
Catholics, do not share the good news of salvation in Jesus,
depriving many of hearing the gospel.
crowds were so big that Jesus’ disciples had to prepare
a boat for him “so that they would not crush him.”
(Mk 3:9). Today the only religious event where one might
be crushed is the Black Nazarene procession. But elsewhere,
especially in the western world, the churches are generally
empty (of nationals).
so touched the lives of people including curing them of
diseases that they “were pressing upon him to touch
him.” (Mk 3:10). Today people go about their business
unmindful of the healing touch of Jesus.
the unclean spirits “would fall down before him and
shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’” (Mk
Today people, even many so-called Christians, hardly know
about worship, and do not really live out the reality that
Jesus is their Savior and Lord.
This sorry situation is what the call to the New Evangelization
seeks to overturn. But as always, it depends on the response
of those called to proclaim the good news. Jesus is very attractive
and the gospel is supreme good news. Who would not want Jesus
and the good news during these times?
addressing the unclean spirits, “warned them sternly
not to make him known.” (Mk 3:12). This was because
his time had not yet come. But that is not the case today.
Jesus reiterates his commission to go into the whole world
and proclaim the good news to all. The universal Church, through
Pope Benedict XVI, has issued the call to the New Evangelization.
The Church in the Philippines has responded with its own pastoral
letter “Live Christ, Share Christ” on evangelization.
We in CFC-FFL consistently stress our call and charism to
go, make him known.