THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
CALLED TO PROCLAIM
Jesus came into the world and suffered and died for us in
order that we might be saved. The most important goal of Jesus’
mission was to win for us our salvation. Now he did that on
the cross, by his death and resurrection. That is the gospel,
the good news of salvation in Jesus.
we have been saved. But we actually only experience the fruit
of that salvation when we accept and respond to what Jesus
has done for us. Thus, “if you confess with your mouth
that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised
him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9). We
need to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. This is what we call
But “faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard
comes through the word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17). There
is a process. People need to hear the word preached, then
they believe, then they call upon his name, then they are
saved (Rom 10:13-14). Thus the work of those who proclaim
the gospel is so important and crucial. If there is no proclamation,
the process does not get started. Then the salvation won by
Jesus on the cross would be of no avail. Is it any wonder
that it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those
who bring the good news!” (Rom 10:15b).
for there to be those who proclaim the good news, they have
to be sent. “And how can people preach unless they are
sent?” (Rom 10:15a). This is why Jesus gave the Great
Commission. This is why God, even now, sends us.
But before God can send us, He needed to call us. This was
the case with the call of the first disciples, the apostles.
In today’s gospel, Jesus calls two sets of brothers,
who were all fishermen. The call was not totally alien from
their present occupation, but was very radical. “Come
after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19).
They were still to cast a net, but this time catching men
and not fish.
four, not totally understanding what the call was about and
what it would entail, responded wholeheartedly and radically.
For Peter and Andrew, “at once they left their nets
and followed him.” (Mt 4:20). For James and John, “immediately
they left their boat and their father and followed him.”
(Mt 4:22). They responded with urgency and acted “at
once” and “immediately,” leaving no time
to be lost. They acted on the higher priority, leaving their
livelihood and their family. They followed him without hesitancy--without
question, without assurance of provisions, without a properly
How about us? How have we responded to the call to evangelize?
we hesitate and doubt that we can be of true use to Jesus
in proclaiming his gospel? Like Isaiah, would we say, “Lord,
who has believed what was heard from us?” (Rom 10:16b).
Or would we doubt our effectivity, as we face hard soil and
hard hearts? Would we give up as we say, “But not everyone
has heeded the good news” (Rom 10:16a). Would we be
frustrated as we ask, “did they not hear?” (Rom
our task is to proclaim the gospel. To the ends of the earth.
If we are to ask if people hear, we should ourselves hear
the clear answer: “Certainly they did; for ‘Their
voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to
the ends of the world.’” (Rom 10:18). Our effort
is never wasted. We just do our part, and it is up to God
to produce the fruit.
Our task is urgent and is of the highest priority. Onward
to the New Evangelization!