THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
TAUGHT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
May 19, 2014
Today’s gospel: John 14:21-26
Jesus himself tells us the work of the Holy Spirit. “The
Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my
name--he will teach you everything and remind you of all that
I told you.” (v.26). Jesus taught us a lot of things,
and we can read those in the Bible. Jesus’ teachings
are easy enough to forget, as we are in a highly secularized
society, and easy enough to ignore, as quite a bit of what
he has told us are hard teachings, and easy enough to choose
and pick from, as we still think we know better than God as
to what is good for us.
if the Holy Spirit is truly with us, then he will
remind us (so we don’t forget or ignore) and he will
teach us, that is, he will make clear what Jesus has said.
Is this the case with you? Let us see.
is one thing Jesus tells us. “Whoever has my commandments
and observes them is the one who loves me.” (v.21).
Do we really love Jesus? If yes, do we then observe his commandments?
What are the most important commandments given by Jesus? First
is to love God with our all. Second is to love our neighbor
as ourselves. Third is to go and proclaim the good news to
all. This third one is in fact all about the fulfillment of
Jesus’ mission, to bring salvation to all. It is all
about souls not being lost but being in eternal joy with God
in heaven. It is about getting people to meet Christ,
so that they can live Christ and share
Christ, all three of which are what it means to be
a true Christian. So this is a very important commandment.
Judas, not the Iscariot,
asked Jesus, “Master, what happened that you will reveal
yourself to us and not to the world?” (v.22). Jesus
revealed himself to the disciples who were with him. But Jesus
leaves it to his disciples to reveal himself to the world.
Jesus came not just for a few disciples, but to save the whole
world. Now do you see the importance of your task of evangelization?
Do you love Jesus?
Is the Holy Spirit with you? Then participate vigorously in
the work of the New Evangelization. It will be hard and full
of sacrifices and suffering. But we do it because we love
God who loved us first, even when we were sinners. We do it
because we love our neighbors, whom we do not want to be lost.
We do it because we are humble obedient servants. When we
do so, then God gives us the bonus, as Jesus assures us, “Whoever
loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and
we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”