THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE CALL TO MISSION - 2
July 9, 2013
Today’s gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
went about his public ministry. He “went around to all
the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming
the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.”
(Mt 9:35). Jesus’ ministry basically consisted of three
aspects: (1) evangelization (proclaiming the good news of
the Kingdom of God), (2) formation (teaching), and (3) total
human liberation (curing every disease and illness).
touched their minds and their bodies, as part of touching
their spirits. He preached (kerygma), he catechized (didache)
and he made whole. He told them about God and the Kingdom,
he taught them about the ways of the Kingdom of God, and he
enabled them to experience the wholeness that is inherent
in God’s Kingdom.
had sent Jesus into the world out of His great love, His great
mercy. His flock had been scattered. Now it was time to gather
them all. At this point at the start of Jesus’ ministry,
the stark reality in the world once again confronted him.
“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with
pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like
sheep without a shepherd.” (Mt 9:36). Jesus’ heart
was stirred with pity. But now, the shepherd had come to gather
had already formed his basic core group (the Twelve), and
knowing that they were to continue his work after him, he
stated the challenge. “The harvest is abundant but the
laborers are few” (Mt 9:37). The work needed to be massive
in order to bring the many troubled and abandoned sheep back
into the sheepfold. Being God’s work that they were
to continue, sufficient grace would be supplied, such that
the harvest would be abundant. But God would be relying on
human instruments, and unfortunately the numbers of those
who respond to the call could be inadequate.
today is still the same problem. Christians have not known,
understood, or responded to the call to evangelize.
need to know that they are called not only to meet and know
Christ, not only to live Christ, but also, just as importantly,
to share Christ. Those who become disciples of Jesus by putting
their faith in him are then to participate in the work of
the Kingdom (as Jesus himself did). They are to preach Christ
and the gospel of salvation in him, they are to help form
those who respond to the gospel so that they grow in holiness
and discipleship, and they are to look to helping liberate
their brethren from the shackles of oppression fomented by
the evil one -- from poverty, injustice, environmental degradation,
was only one man, but he “went around to all
the towns and villages” (Mt 9:35a). We in turn are to
take the gospel to the ends of the earth. For that to happen,
more need to respond to the call to the New Evangelization.
Every committed Christian needs to participate. Thus, we also
need to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers
for his harvest.” (Mt 9:38).
it is His harvest. But we are His instruments.