FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION – 9
February 4, 2016
Today’s gospel: Mark 6:7-13
The mission of the Twelve is our mission as well. We too are sent (an apostle is one who is sent). What does the work of evangelization and mission entail?
First, we become engaged in spiritual warfare. “They drove out many demons” (v.13a). The whole world is under the dominion of the evil one and a tsunami of evil is upon us. Demons are feverishly at work. With evangelization and mission, we assault this dominion of the evil one, and strive to liberate his captives. Because the enemy is powerful, we are in for a fight. But we must know we are already on the winning side. Jesus has already defeated the enemy, and for his workers, he “gave them authority over unclean spirits.” (v.7).
Second, the very first step, after being sent, is to preach the gospel with the intent of bringing people to metanoia, a turning back to God. “So they went off and preached repentance.” (v.12). God sent His own Son because He is merciful, but such mercy is an invitation to repentance. When people repent and put their faith in Jesus, they experience the salvation he won for them on the cross.
Third, the work of evangelization and mission is all about liberation, spiritual and social. “And they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” (v.13b). People who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord are not only freed from the dominion of the evil one, but are on the way to wholeness, a life of purity, holiness and perfection.
You can see how important apostles are. We are those modern-day apostles, the workers bringing in the harvest. In responding to the call, we are to rely totally on the Holy Spirit. “He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick–no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” (v.8). God provides for those whom He sends.
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