THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
What is the purpose for which we are created? According to
the Baltimore Catechism, it is “to know, love and serve
God.” The focus here is how we relate to God. But how
concretely do we know, love and serve God? What do we do?
What needs to happen? We need to meet, live and share Christ.
The focus here are the concrete things we need to do.
know God is to meet Christ (and vice versa). Jesus is the
human personification of God. Jesus is divinity in heaven
transformed into humanity on earth. Jesus says that he and
the Father are one (Jn 10:30). Jesus says that if we see him
then we have seen the Father (Jn 14:9b). To encounter Jesus
and enter into an intimate personal relationship with him
is to experience the intimate familial relationship that God
has with us, that of Father and His children. Thus we get
to know God as we get to know Christ. And to meet and know
Christ is to know God, as they are one.
love God is to live Christ (and vice versa). We are God’s
children, and God created us in His image and likeness. We
are called to be holy as God is holy. To be holy is to be
another Christ, to walk in the very footsteps of Jesus, to
be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect. Thus we manifest
our love for God by striving to live like Christ. And to live
Christ is to love God, by fulfilling His plan for us His children
to be like Him.
serve God is to share Christ (and vice versa). To serve God
is to serve the purposes of God. God sent His own Son Jesus
to suffer and die for humanity, so that we might be saved
and restored to our relationship with Him. To share Christ
is to make that salvation known to others, so that they might
believe in Jesus and experience the salvation he already won
for them. Thus we serve God by sharing Christ. And to share
Christ is to serve God by fulfilling His purpose, to bring
His children to live with Him eternally in heaven.
The work of the New Evangelization is to meet Christ, to live
Christ, and to share Christ. When we do this work, then we
are fulfilling not just the call to the New Evangelization,
but the very purpose of God in creating us.