FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST – 7
January 4, 2017
Today’s gospel: John 1:35-42
Today’s scripture passage entitled “The First Disciples” in the NAB aptly describes, in capsule form, the process and cycle of evangelization: share Christ à meet/know Christ à live Christ à share Christ. This is about the incident when Andrew and another disciple encountered Jesus.
First, one shares Christ. Someone proclaims the gospel, or introduces Jesus to someone. This is what John the Baptist did to his two disciples. He was with the two, “and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’” (v.36). He was in effect saying, here is an important person, get to know him. This is the value of testimony. Its purpose is to point to Jesus, to get others interested in Jesus. Faith comes through hearing. “The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.” (v.37). The start of faith in Christ comes through the testimony of those who know him.
Second, one meets Christ. Having been introduced to Jesus, one becomes interested in him. He is after all a very attractive personality. “They said to him, ‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’” (v.38b). Now one actually meets and gets to know him. “He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’” (v.39a). Jesus is always inviting us to get to know him, to enter into his very life. “So they went and saw where he was staying” (v.39b). One becomes more familiar with who Jesus is and with the circumstances of his life.
Third, one lives Christ. Having met and started to know Jesus, one will want to learn even more about him, and will end up learning from him. The disciples “stayed with him that day.” (v.39c). Jesus would have taken the opportunity to teach them. One receives teaching and formation. One then is on the path of living Jesus’ way of life. One is on the path to discipleship.
Fourth, one shares Christ, and the cycle comes full circle. One who has met Christ and is starting to live his way of life cannot help but share that with others. Andrew “found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah!’” (v.41). We share Christ in our own circles of relationship—relatives, friends, co-workers, neighbors. We bring people to Christ, and we bring Christ to people. “Then he brought him to Jesus.” (v.42a).
The cycle or circle of evangelization is complete. Then all continue to live Christ and to share Christ.
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