FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
FAITH COMES THROUGH HEARING
November 30, 2016
At the start of Jesus’ public ministry, he formed his core team, knowing that he would entrust the work to them after he leaves. He invited them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19). Jesus would go on to the cross, suffer and die for us, and win for us our salvation. Salvation is gained “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead” (Rom 10:9).
This is where the disciples come in. This is where the work of evangelization is needed. There is a process leading one to call upon the name of the Lord. “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom that have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10:14-15a). Jesus sends, the one sent preaches, people hear and so believe, then they call on the name of the Lord, so they are saved. Jesus accomplished the first step. We need to do the second. This is to share Christ.
We need to evangelize, and to do it rapidly and massively throughout the whole world. “A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends of the world.” (Ps 19:5a). Evangelization is hard and challenging work. But it is required by Jesus of his disciples. The work itself is their own reward. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” (Rom 10:15b).
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