FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
August 8, 2015
Today’s gospel: Matthew 17:14-20
We readily say that nothing is impossible with God, but do we really believe it? Or rather, do we really believe that with God at work in and through us, nothing is impossible for us? Indeed this is what Jesus tells us. “Nothing will be impossible for you.” (v.20c).
But such is dependent on our believing. Jesus’ disciples could not drive out the demon from the possessed boy “because of (their) little faith.” (v.20a). Does this happen to us, that our faith is shaken when we face big challenges, such as:
- the call to massive evangelization, as we doubt that God could really use us to bring millions to the faith?
- the financial demands of doing worldwide mission, as we look at the pittance that God’s people give to the community?
- the lack of commitment and faithfulness of our brethren, as we see poor attendance at community gatherings?
- the need for renewal and revival of our Church and her parishes, as we witness the many lost sheep and the lack of holiness among those who still remain in the sheepfold?
- the strong enemy forces assaulting faith, family and life, as we seem to be helpless in the face of Goliath?
- the tsunami of evil overwhelming the whole world, as we see the loss of faith and the rapid overturning of our traditional Judeo-Christian values?
Well, the New Evangelization is about having faith in Jesus and the power of his Spirit to make disciples of all nations. This is why Jesus suffered and died for us. God wants all humankind to be saved. God will not withhold any good thing, any grace, and spiritual gift, any equipping, any empowerment, that is needed to accomplish the mission. We just need to believe, and act on that belief.
Then we can rest on and trust in Jesus’ assurance. “Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” (v.20b).
Time to move mountains! Onward to the New Evangelization.
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