SEEING AND HEARING AND BEARING FRUIT

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 86)

SEEING AND HEARING AND BEARING FRUIT

July 13, 2014

Today’s readings:
Isaiah 55:10-11
Matthew 13:1-23

God speaks through the prophet Isaiah, saying that just as the rain and snow water the earth and make it fertile and fruitful, “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:11). This is the basic premise or principle on which the work of LCSC is founded. What is important is that the gospel be proclaimed. Then God can do and accomplish what He wills. That proclamation of the gospel is that important first step, which is often what is missing in Church life and work.

Now of course there is no guarantee that that proclamation of the word, that sowing of the seed, will bear fruit. Some fall on the path, some on rocky ground, some among thorns (Mt 13:4-7). “But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit” (Mt 13:8a). We simply do our part, and it is up to God to provide the fruit He intends. Even if there were only one soul to be harvested out of hundreds, we must still proclaim the gospel.

What prevents the word from bearing fruit? Our enemies are the world, the flesh and the devil. The world is full of thorns and “worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word” (Mt 13:22). The flesh is our rocky ground and shallow spirituality, and “when some tribulation of persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.” (Mt 13:21). The devil of course is “the evil one (who) comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.” (Mt 13:19).

But there will be rich soil. It is already watered by the grace of God. It is already prepared to yield a rich harvest. He “is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” (Mt 13:23). Now that is quite a yield! That is quite a harvest! And that is what we look to in LCSC. The harvest is rich but the laborers are few. We then provide the laborers, the proclaimers of the word, the evangelizers, the missionaries. We look to really massive evangelization, with the resultant massive harvest.

LCSC is our lay response to the call to the New Evangelization. We look to LCSC as an authentic work of the Spirit, revealed to us during these crucial times in the life of the Church and the life of the world. We have been privileged in CFC-FFL to come up with and to promote LCSC for the rest of the Church. We must be humbled but be overly joyful that “knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.” (Mt 13:11). But with this privilege comes a very great responsibility. We must respond, in obedience and with passion. If we do, we will be even more blessed. If we do not, we will be punished. “To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Mt 13:12).

Let there be no one of us in CFC-FFL who will not respond positively, who will be in dissent, who will not go all out in giving of ourselves to this revealed work of God. Let us not be those who “look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” (Mt 13:13b). LCSC has been more than adequately and extensively explained. With open minds and hearts it is not hard to understand. But do you listen? The vision has been expounded on, but do you refuse to see?

Let not Isaiah’s prophecy be fulfilled in us, which says: “You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people” (Mt 13:14-15a). Rather, let us hear Jesus say to us, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” (Mt 13:16).

Onward to the New Evangelization through LCSC.

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