FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
January 23, 2015
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:13-19
Jesus chose, called and appointed the twelve apostles. What was their mission? “He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons” (v.14-15). The apostles’ task was twofold: to preach and to drive out demons.
The twelve were Jesus’ core group, who were with him throughout his public ministry, and who then led the Church in its early years. But before Jesus went up to heaven, he commissioned all his disciples to proclaim the good news of salvation in him to the whole world. All Jesus’ followers are sent, that is, they are “apostles.”
We are part of the Church’s apostolic group. Our task is the same. (1) To evangelize, to preach the good news, to proclaim the gospel. (2) To drive out demons, that is, to engage in spiritual warfare, with our enemy as the devil. When we evangelize, we assault his dominion over the world, and we automatically are engaged in spiritual war.
Thus we must always be focused on Christ, who is the one who called and commissioned us, and is the one we proclaim and give witness to. We must always be focused on the mission, which is to proclaim Christ and his salvation.
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