THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
Today’s gospel: John 4:5-42
CFC-FFL is an evangelistic and missionary community. Evangelization
is our basic calling. This is among the most important works
in the Church today. Many Catholics are lapsed, and many more
people are lost. Evil abounds. But God is at work. Jesus had
said that the harvest is rich but the laborers are few. God
increased our numbers in order that we might be those laborers
that will bring in the massive harvest.
But we need to see the vision. We need to see the need, the
potential, the urgency, and the call being made by God upon
us. “I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for
the harvest.” (v.35b). The harvest will wither on the
vine if not picked. The time is now. There is no time to lose,
to be distracted, to be complacent, to fight among ourselves,
to be weary, to be preoccupied with other things, to have
other priorities, to promote our own agendas.
Evangelization is about proclaiming the salvation Jesus won
on the cross for all. But many continue to be lost because
no one is reaching out to them. We are supposed to be “gathering
crops for eternal life” (v.36b). What greater task is
there? What we are called to do is about the destination of
souls for all eternity.
need to give the work of evangelization our all. This is especially
so now that we have been given the way to really rapid and
massive evangelization, and that is LCSC.
God has opened a wide door for us. We no longer have the excuse
that we have tried but just that the soil has become hard.
The massive harvest is there, and we just need to present
ourselves as workers. Since Jesus sends us to do his work,
our attitude must also be that of Jesus. “My food is
to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.”
(v.34). The Father sent Jesus, and he was obedient and totally
consumed by the task. Now Jesus sends us. Are we still busy
feeding ourselves rather than going about his work?
The task, while challenging, is not necessarily all that hard.
Even as we are sinners and simply about our tasks in the world,
just like the Samaritan woman, God arranges our encounter
with him. We meet Christ. Then Jesus turns
our lives topsy-turvy. We start to live Christ.
We learn about right marital relationships and about right
posture before God as we “worship in Spirit and truth.”
(v.24b). But there is something more. We must not be able
to contain ourselves in sharing our good fortune. We must
share Christ. “The woman left her water jug
and went into the town and said to the people, ‘Come
see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly
be the Messiah?’” (v.28-29). We leave what we
are doing and just tell people about Jesus. And in our case,
we know Jesus is indeed the Messiah.
The result? “Many of the Samaritans of that town began
to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified,
‘He told me everything I have done.’” (v.39).
God uses us in a powerful way just by our simple testimony.
We share Christ and so others meet
Christ. The result? “They went out of the town
and came to him.” (v.30). People will come out of their
sinful lives, out of a darkened world, out of bondage from
the evil one, and come to faith in Jesus. Then as they
live Christ, they themselves will share Christ to
others. The result? “Many more began to believe in him
because of his word” (v.41). A rather simple methodology,
resulting in ever growing circles of evangelization. The harvest
indeed can be massive.
The work of evangelization is a great privilege for us. It
is the very work of God. It is work that builds upon what
the Church has done in two millennia. It is founded upon the
grace of God and the power of the Spirit. It is the extension
of all the little interactions of people that has contributed
to bringing them closer to the point of harvest. We are now
just called to reap the fruit that has been made ready. “I
sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have
done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”
(v.38). Jesus put in the most, giving his very life. The Holy
Spirit puts in grace, guidance and empowerment. The Church
puts in the fruits of her work through the centuries. Now
it is our turn. Go and reap.