FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
October 13, 2016
Today’s reading: Ephesians 1:1-10
Despite the seeming chaos and spiritual darkness in the world, God does have a plan. It is “to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.” (v.10b). That plan has been carried out all throughout salvation history, with it reaching its peak with the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the sending of the Holy Spirit, and the growth of the Church. God’s desire has been consistent, from Eden to Calvary to the world today. It is to bring as many souls to heaven as will allow themselves to be brought.
We can reach heaven because Jesus has saved us. “In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace” (v.7). We appropriate the salvation won for us by Jesus by our repentance and faith in him. In turn, this happens as we meet Christ and start to live Christ. In turn, this happens as there are those who share Christ with us. Such is the work of evangelization.
God’s plan has been there from the start. God calls all to holiness and righteousness. Indeed, God “chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” (v.4). Such should have been our lot, from the time of Adam and Eve. But sin entered and paradise was lost. So God had to send His own Son, to save and restore us as His beloved children. “In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will” (v.5).
How do we experience such love and salvation? It is through the proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Jesus, which is the initial step in restoring us to the Father. This God does through human instruments who are sent, like “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the holy ones” (v.1a). For sinful human instruments to be used to do great divine work is a mystery. But God has revealed His plan to His Church, and to us in CFC-FFL and LCSC. “In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him” (v.8b-9).
Now is crunch time. God’s plan is “a plan for the fullness of times” (v.10a). This is where we are now. We are in the end times. The salvation of many hangs in the balance. Much is dependent on those whom God calls to be His holy warriors, to do rapid and massive evangelization to the ends of the earth.
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