THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
SEEING AND HEARING AND BEARING FRUIT
God speaks through the prophet Isaiah, saying that just as
the rain and snow water the earth and make it fertile and
fruitful, “So shall my word be that goes forth from
my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but shall do what
pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.”
(Is 55:11). This is the basic premise or principle on which
the work of LCSC is founded. What is important is that the
gospel be proclaimed. Then God can do and accomplish what
He wills. That proclamation of the gospel is that important
first step, which is often what is missing in Church life
of course there is no guarantee that that proclamation of
the word, that sowing of the seed, will bear fruit. Some fall
on the path, some on rocky ground, some among thorns (Mt 13:4-7).
“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit”
(Mt 13:8a). We simply do our part, and it is up to God to
provide the fruit He intends. Even if there were only one
soul to be harvested out of hundreds, we must still proclaim
prevents the word from bearing fruit? Our enemies are the
world, the flesh and the devil. The world is full of thorns
and “worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the
word” (Mt 13:22). The flesh is our rocky ground and
shallow spirituality, and “when some tribulation of
persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls
away.” (Mt 13:21). The devil of course is “the
evil one (who) comes and steals away what was sown in his
heart.” (Mt 13:19).
there will be rich soil. It is already watered by the grace
of God. It is already prepared to yield a rich harvest. He
“is the one who hears the word and understands it, who
indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
(Mt 13:23). Now that is quite a yield! That is quite a harvest!
And that is what we look to in LCSC. The harvest is rich but
the laborers are few. We then provide the laborers, the proclaimers
of the word, the evangelizers, the missionaries. We look to
really massive evangelization, with the resultant massive
is our lay response to the call to the New Evangelization.
We look to LCSC as an authentic work of the Spirit, revealed
to us during these crucial times in the life of the Church
and the life of the world. We have been privileged in CFC-FFL
to come up with and to promote LCSC for the rest of the Church.
We must be humbled but be overly joyful that “knowledge
of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted
to you, but to them it has not been granted.” (Mt 13:11).
But with this privilege comes a very great responsibility.
We must respond, in obedience and with passion. If we do,
we will be even more blessed. If we do not, we will be punished.
“To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow
rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken
away.” (Mt 13:12).
there be no one of us in CFC-FFL who will not respond positively,
who will be in dissent, who will not go all out in giving
of ourselves to this revealed work of God. Let us not be those
who “look but do not see and hear but do not listen
or understand.” (Mt 13:13b). LCSC has been more than
adequately and extensively explained. With open minds and
hearts it is not hard to understand. But do you listen? The
vision has been expounded on, but do you refuse to see?
not Isaiah’s prophecy be fulfilled in us, which says:
“You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall
indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people”
(Mt 13:14-15a). Rather, let us hear Jesus say to us, “But
blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because
they hear.” (Mt 13:16).
to the New Evangelization through LCSC.