FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION – 8
January 26, 2016
2 Timothy 1:1-8
Jesus had appointed the Twelve. Now he “appointed seventy-two others …. to every town and place ….” (Lk 10:1). Their basic mission was the proclamation of the Kingdom. “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.” (Lk 10:9b). Their work would be accompanied with signs and wonders, such as curing the sick (Lk 10:9a).
Jesus gave them their instructions on how to go on mission (Lk 10:4-8). Basically they were told to be single-minded because of the urgency of their mission. In addition, they were given the vision of a rich harvest but the critical need for workers such as them (Lk 10:2), and warned of the challenges (Lk 10:3).
Part of ensuring the mission until the second coming of Jesus is to raise other leaders, through the generations. Thus Paul raised Timothy, giving him a father’s care, guiding him and forming him (2 Tm 1:1-5). Much of the formation and care in our families and in community is for the sake of mission! Paul continues to remind Timothy of his calling and anointing (2 Tm 1:6), of being bold in his witness (2 Tim 1:7-8a), and again, of the challenges including hardship (2 Tm 1:8b).
If only we could have the passion, commitment and total self-giving of the Twelve, the 72, Paul, Timothy and many others through the ages! If only Catholics today, especially the lay, commit to “proclaim his salvation day after day.” (Ps 96:2b). This is massive proclamation of the gospel! If only our Church truly became a missionary Church (not a Church of maintenance), that would go to “all the earth” (Ps 96:1) and “tell his glory among the nations, among all peoples (Ps 96:3). If only all of us were committed to “give to the Lord the glory due his name!” (Ps 96:8a).
The New Evangelization beckons. What are we waiting for? Let us “declare among the nations: The Lord is king.” (Ps 96:10a).
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