THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
MERCY AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Jesus defined mercy when he went to the cross and suffered
and died for our sins. He paid the price for our transgressions.
This is the good news of salvation in him. Since we are
all sinners and under condemnation, we must see the importance
of this, and desire to make the whole world know of it.
This then is the work of evangelization.
we are called to the New Evangelization. Unfortunately many
in our Church, and even in our community, are still unaware
of or do not fully understand or simply have not embraced
the call. “See, I am doing something new! Now it springs
forth, do you not perceive it?” (Is 43:19a). For us
in CFC-FFL in particular, the New Evangelization takes shape
in LCSC, which we have been tasked to share with our whole
have some of us, and even clerics and parish leaders, not
are those who insist on the greater importance of other
aspects of Christian work, missing the reality that underlying
all missions of the Church and all parish activities is
the work of evangelization. Without people coming to Christ,
there is not much other good they can truly do.
are those who have their own priorities, yes good things,
but not the most needful, and end up doing less by way
of massive evangelization.
are those who want to remain in their comfort zones, and
not give the time and energy needed for this massive work.
are those who want to cling on to the old life and work
and resist the newness of the Spirit’s direction.
are those who selfishly look to what is in it for them
and for the community, rather than selflessly serving
the larger Church.
situation in the world today is critical. Faith, family and
life are extremely under threat. A tsunami of evil overwhelms
the world. In the midst of such darkness, the Church and the
Holy Spirit act. In a seemingly hopeless world situation,
the light is shining forth. “In the wilderness I make
a way, in the wasteland, rivers.” (Is 43:19b).
we need to respond. God acts by way of human instruments.
We look with sorrow on the dire situation of the Church
and the world today, and so we go forth to preach the gospel.
This is the way to turn mourning into rejoicing, as we look
to the harvest that is bountiful. “Those who go forth
weeping, carrying sacks of seed, will return with cries
of joy, carrying their bundled sheaves.” (Ps 126:6).
rejoice in the privilege of being instruments of God’s
mercy and salvation. We recognize that we are sinful instruments,
that we have just received the mercy of God, and thus we
do not stand in condemnation of other sinners. “Let
the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw
a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7b). Instead of casting stones,
we cast nets.
is God’s way out for sinners. Mercy is always an invitation
to repentance. “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and
from now on do not sin any more.” (Jn 8:11b). How
can people experience the mercy of God? It is as we evangelize.
What is of most importance? It is for all to meet Christ
and “to know him and the power of his resurrection”
(Phil 3:10a). Every other good work pales in comparison.
“I even consider everything as a loss because of the
supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil
the work of the New Evangelization necessitates our total
commitment and should elicit unbounded zeal. We need to
invest ourselves totally in this work. This is what life
in Christ is all about. “Just one thing: forgetting
what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s
upward calling, in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13b-14).
to the New Evangelization!