EXPAND YOUR VISION – 9

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

(Part 116)

EXPAND YOUR VISION – 9

January 28, 2015

Today’s gospel:  Mark 4:1-20

There are those who question the intended massive work of LCSC, with focus on the initial proclamation of the gospel, through the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS). What is our intent? “The sower sows the word.” (v.14). That is, we proclaim the gospel. Now not everyone will be transformed by that word. Some seed will fall on the path to be eaten by birds, some on rocky ground will wither due to lack of roots, some will fall among thorns and will be choked (v.4-7). But there will be some seed that will fall on rich soil and produce fruit (v.8a).

Now here is the obvious math: the more seed is sown, then the more seed can fall on rich soil. As is the case now with Catholic evangelization, there is hardly any sharing Christ being done. So how can we expect lapsed Catholics to be renewed?

We are into spiritual warfare, and we simply need to do a massive work of assaulting the enemy. The enemy is the devil, the flesh and the world. We evangelize and proclaim Christ, but for some, “Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them.” (v.15b). For others, they might accept the word, even with joy, but their resolve is weak and their commitment shallow. “Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.” (v.17b). For still others, the world still predominates, and “worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.” (v.19).

But then again, there are those “who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” (v.20). Notice the process that happens. First they hear the word, then they accept it, then they bear fruit. How can they hear if there is no one to proclaim? This is the basic intent of the LCS. How can the millions of lapsed Catholics be brought back to God and back to the Church? How can they begin to bear good fruit in their lives? Well, first things first. They need to hear the gospel. How can all of those millions of lapsed Catholics hear the gospel unless there is a persistent, insistent, consistent, deliberate, determined, methodological and massive proclamation?

How God works is a mystery. Part of the mystery is entrusting the gospel to sinners such as you and I. But this is how God has determined that the gospel is to be preached to the ends of the earth. Now God has given us LCSC, which can become a powerful tool for reaching millions (do we dare say billions?). “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been granted to you.” (v.11a).

God has done His part. Now we ought to do ours. God will continue to provide the grace to touch the hearts and lives of people to whom the gospel is proclaimed. But we first need to do that proclaiming.

“Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” (v.9). We take this two ways. People have been given ears by which they can hear the gospel proclaimed. It is their right and privilege to be able to hear it. They ought to hear it, given God’s intent and desire that all be saved. But this also pertains to us. Do we hear the commission given by Jesus to preach the gospel? Do we hear the teaching that is contained in today’s gospel?

If we do hear, how will we respond? For that, we need not only ears to hear, but eyes to see. Expand your vision!

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