THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN
January 23, 2014
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:7-12
Jesus was a popular preacher. “A large number of people
followed from Galilee and from Judea.” (v.7b). Jesus
was a wonder worker, curing many diseases and driving out
unclean spirits (v.10-11). “Hearing what he was doing,
a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,
from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood
of Tyre and Sidon.” (v.8). In other words, people came
from all over in order to meet him, to know him, and to be
touched by him.
do people meet Jesus? They have the gospel proclaimed to them;
they are evangelized. There are two things to point out in
this passage with regard to evangelization.
“whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down
before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’”
(v.11). There are many people in the world who are unclean
and who do not recognize Jesus as the Son of God and as the
Savior. It is ironic that unclean spirits recognize Jesus
but the children of God do not. Unclean spirits even fall
down before him, while people do not show him respect nor
bow down before him in worship.
“he warned them sternly not to make him known.”
(v.12). His time had not yet come. But still the unclean spirits
proclaimed Jesus as the Son of God. Those whom Jesus healed
were also ordered by him not to proclaim what had been done
for them, but they did so anyway. They were told not to tell,
but they told. In turn, we his disciples are told to tell
the world about him, but we do not. Again this is very ironic.
so we are called to the New Evangelization. We proclaim the
good news of salvation in Jesus, so that many more will meet
Christ, be transformed, start to live Christ,
and themselves be compelled to share Christ.
Then we can expect that an even larger number of people from
all over the world will come to Jesus.