THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE OLD AND THE NEW
Today’s gospel: Matthew 13:44-52
Jesus tells parables about the kingdom of God and when his
disciples signified understanding, he told them, “Then
every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.” (v.52). Jesus was talking
about his teaching (the new) and that of the law and prophets
it is with the New Evangelization. Evangelization is old,
actually almost 2,000 years old, starting from the time of
Pentecost. But the New Evangelization is new. It is a new
prophetic call to address the situation of the Church and
her mission in this third millennium, given a radically different
life and culture in the world. In the old, evangelization
was for pagans. In the new, evangelization is for baptized
pagans, the lapsed Catholics.
“old” evangelization was according to the model
of Pentecost, with the coming of the Holy Spirit, empowering
the disciples to be witnesses to the ends of the earth. New
Evangelization needs to look to this “old,” and
recover the methodology of the Holy Spirit. The Church has
largely lost this experience of Pentecost. Who today is prayed
with as an adult for the baptism in the Spirit? Where today
are the gifts of prophecy and of tongues?
for us in CFC-FFL, it is also about old and new. From the
very start, in 1981, God intended for CFC to be an evangelistic
and missionary community. Many things have transpired since
then, including the split of 2007. We had veered away. So
God restored us to our authentic charism, that of evangelization
founded on family renewal. But evangelization stalled. God
was pointing us to the “new.” This is LCSC.
is not to be discarded, but in fact assumes a critical role
as the backbone of LCSC. We indeed draw from the storeroom
both the new and the old.
The New Evangelization is about zeal for the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God is like a treasure buried in the field
and like a pearl of great price (v.44a,45-46a). We must recognize
that and greatly desire it, giving our all (v.44b,46b).
turn, LCSC “is like a net thrown into the sea, which
collects fish of every kind.” (v.47). LCSC casts a wide
net, intending to proclaim the gospel to all lapsed Catholics.
Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is also like this.
is all about the work of salvation. We desire for everyone
to hear the gospel, so that they will have the opportunity
to believe and call upon the name of the Lord and thus be
saved. This is about souls making it to heaven. At the end
of the age, the angels will separate the wicked from the righteous
(v.49). May it be said that we did our part in proclaiming
the gospel of salvation to as many as possible, so that they
might be saved.
Jesus asks his disciples, “Do you understand all these
things?” (v.51a). I pray that your response will be
like that of the disciples. “They answered, ‘Yes.’”