FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
A WORK OF THE SPIRIT
May 10, 2017
Today’s reading: Acts 12:24-13:5
The work of evangelization is the work of the Holy Spirit, entrusted to us. It is the Holy Spirit who tells us what to do, as He did with the early Church when He told them, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v.13:2b). The Spirit chooses whom He intends to use. Then He sends forth those chosen. “So they, sent forth by the holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus.” (v.13:4).
As we do God’s work, which is divine work entrusted to humans, and in order to accomplish God’s purposes, we must know the Spirits role, importance and ways, and we must become instruments that He can effectively use.
To know what the Spirit wants, we must pray intently. It was “while they were worshiping the Lord and fasting” (v.13:2a) that the Spirit spoke to them. And when we sense the Spirit’s direction, before we finally act, we pray even more, and then we pray for those to be sent off on mission. “Then, completing their fasting and prayer, they laid hands on them and sent them off.” (v.13:3).
To do the work of the New Evangelization effectively, we must be attentive and docile to the Holy Spirit, and we must receive the equipping and empowerment that comes only from the Holy Spirit. Then we can set off. And we will witness the mighty acts of the Spirit, as “the word of God continued to spread and grow.” (v.12:24).
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