THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
NO ONE LOST
Today’s gospel: Matthew 18:1-14
Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. Then he says, “In
the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that
one of these little ones be lost.” (v.14). God wants
all to be saved, to be restored to Himself. That is why God
sent His own Son Jesus to die for us. Now Jesus sends us,
just as the Father sent him.
has made Himself dependent upon us for the salvation of others,
that is, to proclaim the good news to them so that they might
believe and be saved. God has provided us everything we need--fullness
of grace from Jesus and empowerment from the Holy Spirit.
This is why the harvest is supposed to be rich.
the workers are few. But there should be many, especially
the laity who make up 99.9+% of the Church. We just need to
see the great importance of our work of evangelization, and
our crucial part in it.
man who lost one sheep went out to search for it, leaving
the 99 (v.12b). What does this say to us? The greater focus
is on searching out for the lost rather than caring for those
who are already in the sheepfold. This obviously is not to
say that we should neglect those who are already in the Church.
However, in the Church today, there is unfortunately a lot
of “preaching to the choir” but not enough effort
to bring in lapsed Catholics. There are the second steps (including
catechism) but miss out on the first step of proclaiming the
gospel (the kerygma). There is a feast of many wonderful programs
and ministries in the parishes, but many do not partake of
the problem is compounded by the reality that it is not one
that is lost, but the 99! The one man, or the 1%, should go
outside the confines of parishes and seek out those 99. “For
the Son of Man has come to save what was lost” (v.11).
That is why Jesus came; that is why we are sent.
For us in CFC-FFL it is the same. We are an evangelistic and
missionary community. We exist to evangelize. Now we are given
a great opportunity to do more massive evangelization through
LCSC, at the same time being of great service to our Church,
whom we profess to be a servant to. While we take are of our
families and take care of our brethren and life in community,
we must be willing to “leave them behind” in order
to search for the lapsed Catholics. This is doing the will
of the Father. This is fulfilling our charism and call.
if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over
it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.” (v.13).
We rejoice in our family life when it is in the Lord. We rejoice
in our community life as we walk with our brethren forward
in Christ. But our greater joy should be when we are used
by God to bring someone back to God and back to the Church.
is Jesus’ way. “What is your opinion?” (v.12a).
discussion in households:
Do you understand the vision and mission of our community
as put forth by the founder and Servant General? As you work
to strengthen and not neglect family and community, do you
see that the call of the New Evangelization is to a more massive
proclamation of the gospel?