THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE LOST SHEEP - 5
November 6, 2014
Today’s gospel: Luke 15:1-10
In a twist on the parable of the lost sheep, the reality in
the Church today is that it is the 99 that are lost, and only
one who has “no need of repentance.” (v.7b). While
the figures would change from place to place, the situation
generally is the same. 75 no longer go regularly to church,
and 24 are not living out an authentic Christian life, and
so can be considered still lost. They have not truly met Christ,
or do not live Christ, or do not share Christ. They do not
strive, or do not even know about such call, to be saints,
martyrs and warriors.
is the sorry state of our Catholic Church today. Many parishes
in the USA and the western world are closing. Many Catholics
are being lost to born again groups, to evangelicals, to sects
and even to cults. Many Catholics are participants in the
culture of death. Even priests and bishops have become Modernist.
while the gates of the netherworld will not prevail against
the Church, many souls will still be lost. In fact, when the
Son of Man returns, will he find faith on earth?
needs to happen is a more vigorous proclamation of the gospel,
an aggressive seeking out of the lapsed Catholic, a concerted
push to do massive evangelization. This should be done by
the parishes, with parish leaders and groups acting in unity
of purpose. None of them must be self-referential. One effective
way of doing this is through LCSC.
when the 99, or at least many of them, are brought back to
God and back to the Church will this work be done. Only then
will there be “joy in heaven” (v.7a) and “rejoicing
among the angels of God” (v.10).
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