FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
THE GOSPEL FOR ALL
January 28, 2014
Pope Francis affirms the call for every Christian who professes to follow Jesus to also proclaim the good news of salvation in him. This is the reason why we are passionate about our evangelistic and missionary work. This is why we speak about rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. We, as with every Christian, have been tasked to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth. We want to reach everyone.
Who in the Church are actually doing this work? There are some, but not enough workers to bring in the massive harvest. In fact, much of the harvest is withering on the vine. Many Catholics continue to be lost to the world, and to sects and cults. Instead of Christians converting those who are of the world, it is the other way around!
Pope Francis says that Jesus chose humble people. This is how we should understand our call. We are ordinary laypeople, but are intended by God to do His very work. No one is excluded from the privilege, and empowerment is a free gift of God to all who choose to follow Jesus and to be used by his Spirit.
There is much work to be done. Onward to the New Evangelization!
‘No One is Excluded from God’s Salvation’
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VATICAN CITY, January 27, 2014 (Zenit.org) – During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis contemplated Jesus’ public ministry, which he said is a calling for each one of us to follow him.
The Gospel of Matthew recalled the beginning of Christ’s mission, calling the people of Galilee to “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” The area of Galilee is significant since it was a place where many foreign groups lived. Galilee, the Holy Father noted, is a symbolic place of the “Gospel’s openness to all peoples.”
“From this point of view, Galilee resembles today’s world: the joint presence of different cultures, the necessity of confrontation and encounter,” the Pope said. “We, too, are immersed every day in a ‘Galilee of the Gentiles’, and in this sort of context we can be frightened and give in to the temptation of building walls around ourselves to be safer and more protected.”
“But Jesus teaches us that the glad tidings that he brings are not reserved for just one part of humanity; it is to be communicated to everyone. It is a joyful proclamation to those who have been waiting for it but also perhaps to those who have given up and no longer have the strength to seek and to ask.”
Beginning His ministry in Galilee, the Holy Father went on to say that Christ teaches that no one is excluded from God’s salvation and would rather start from the outskirts of society. In doing so, God’s mercy is expressed to the world. The Pope also noted that Christ did not choose scribes or doctors as his disciples, but humbler people — fisherman — to follow him.
Before reciting the Angelus, the Holy Father told the pilgrims gathered in the square that Jesus makes the same call to announce the coming of the Kingdom to the “Galilees of our time.”
“Listen in your heart to see whether the Lord is calling you to follow him. Let us allow ourselves to be reached by his gaze, his voice, and let us follow him! So that ‘the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world’”, he said.
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