THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST
New Evangelization is about meeting, living and sharing Christ.
This actually is what ought to happen to all Christians, to
be worthy of being considered a Christian. But the sad reality
is that most Christians have not met Christ, are not living
in Christ, and do not share Christ.
does it mean to meet Christ?
is to have an encounter with Jesus. Not as radical as the
encounter of Saul with Jesus on the road to Damascus. But
an encounter nonetheless with the risen Jesus. It is meeting
the risen Lord. Jesus is alive.
is not an intellectual knowledge of Jesus. He is not just
the God who became man, suffered and died for us, and has
returned to heaven. Now he is so far off. How could sinful
man hope to connect with a divine Being?
Jesus is with us. He is our brother and friend. He walks with
us. He guides us. He speaks to us in our hearts. We trust
in him. We know that he only wants the best for us.
meet Christ in prayer. Daily prayer. Time set aside to be
with him, so that we can grow in our personal relationship.
Jesus becomes an intimate part of our lives. We desire to
live for him and for him alone.
does it mean to live Christ?
we have met Jesus, we need to grow in our relationship with
him. We need to be transformed in Christ. We enter more deeply
into our life in him. We need to be changed, as we are restored
to the image and likeness of God in which we were created.
We become worthy children of the Father. We become true temples
of the Holy Spirit.
provides us the tools to grow in Christ. Aside from prayer,
we have the Bible and Christian formation. We have the privilege
of doing Christian service, by which we grow in loving our
neighbor. We have the support of the Christian community.
We have the sacraments.
Christ is living a life of holiness. We are not just to avoid
sin and be good people. We are to be holy people. We are to
be holy in every aspect of our conduct, to be holy because
God is holy (1 Pt 1:15-16). We have been set apart. We live
in the world but are not of it. We walk along God’s
Christ is being a true disciple. Jesus defined discipleship:
we are to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him
(Mt 16:24). Against the world’s self-concern and lust
for pleasure, we are not to have ourselves at the center of
our earthly existence. Jesus is at the center. Against the
world’s seeking for comfort and convenience, we are
to embrace the hardships and suffering that come with authentic
Christian living. This was the very way of Jesus.
live Christ is to be another Christ.
What does it mean to share Christ?
we met Christ and started to live Christ, but kept that wonderful
experience all to ourselves, we would be the most selfish
of people. The gift we have received we are to give as a gift.
Love is all about sharing. And what, or who, we share is Jesus
share Christ is to evangelize others, to proclaim the good
news of salvation in Jesus to others, so that they too might
meet him. Every Christian is supposed to be an evangelizer.
The Church herself is a missionary community. To evangelize
is to obey Jesus’ final instructions before he ascended
is not just the task of bishops, priests and nuns. Or a few
lay servant leaders. It is the task of all, especially the
laity, since they represent over 99% of the Church. It is
the lay people who are out there in the world, in contact
with everyone else, especially those who are not churchgoers.
If a Christian is one who has met Christ, is living Christ,
and is sharing Christ, then you can see that most so-called
Christians today do not quality. Most probably including yourself.
is why there are many nominal and lapsed Christians. This
is why there is so much evil in the world, perpetrated by
such Christians (among others). This is why, 2,000 years after
Jesus defeated the enemy and won for us our salvation, many
are still dying in their sins, and darkness still hovers over
the whole world. Here then is the urgency of the work.
So we see why there is a need for a New Evangelization. It
is not a new message. It is not a new calling. It is not a
new way of life as intended by God.
it is a living out of what God had intended from the very
beginning. It is a life centered and founded on Jesus, and
empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is about being a true Christian.