FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
BOLDNESS FOR THE GOSPEL
April 24, 2017
Today’s reading: Acts 4:23-31
The first Christian community, the early Church, was opposed and persecuted by the powers-that-be at that time. Now the Church is facing the same situation, with opposition and persecuting coming from secular governments, from pagans, sects and cults, and from wayward Catholics, including prelates. They are all working against Christ. “Indeed they gathered in this city against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, with Herod and Pontius Pilate (secular authorities and governments), together with the Gentiles (pagans, sects, cults) and the peoples of Israel (liberals, modernists and the enemy within)” (v.27).
In the face of such intense and powerful opposition, then, just as now, we turn to the Lord whom we serve, putting our concerns in his hands, and asking for the grace and strength to continue to witness and evangelize. “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness” (v.29). We ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit, who equips, emboldens and strengthens us. We can become like the first Christian community, as “they were all filled with the holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (v.31b).
Be bold in witnessing to Christ, in proclaiming the gospel, and in working to renew our Church. This is the call of the New Evangelization.
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