THE CHURCH’S MISSION AND OUR VISION

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

(Part 139)

THE CHURCH’S MISSION AND OUR VISION

July 8, 2015

Today’s gospel:  Matthew 10:1-7

Our mission in CFC-FFL is the very mission of the Church, as directed by Jesus. “Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.” (v.1). We too are Jesus’ disciples who are sent out to evangelize and to work with the poor.

Evangelization engages us in spiritual warfare. It is retaking Satan’s captives and bringing them back to God’s kingdom. It is being God’s instruments in helping drive out unclean spirits from our lives, our homes, our communities, our nations. It is proclaiming to the ends of the earth: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (v.7).

Curing every disease and every illness is the work of total human liberation. Salvation in its fullness includes liberation from anything that holds God’s people in bondage or oppresses them, including poverty, injustice, environmental degradation, religious intolerance. This is especially the case with the poor, who are oppressed and deprived of their dignity as God’s children and their fair share of the world’s goods.

We are called to do a massive work, and this we are able to do through LCSC, by mainstreaming Catholic lay evangelization. Our basic goal in LCSC is to bring back lapsed and nominal Catholics to God and to the Church. “Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (v.6).

From there, as the one true Church is renewed and strengthened, she will bring the gospel of God’s salvation to the ends of the earth, going “into pagan territory” (v.5b), as is her God-given mission.

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