FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MAKE HIM KNOWN
January 24, 2013
Today’s gospel: Mark 3:7-12
Jesus is attractive and the gospel is compelling. When Jesus and his gospel are proclaimed, people will listen, be attracted, and have their lives changed. But this is not the case with the Church today.
* With Jesus, “a large number of people followed” him (Mk 3:7b). Today there are over two billion Christians, but the great majority of them are nominal or lapsed, and cannot really be considered as disciples of Jesus.
* “Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him” from all over (Mk 3:8). Today many Christians, especially Catholics, do not share the good news of salvation in Jesus, depriving many of hearing the gospel.
* The crowds were so big that Jesus’ disciples had to prepare a boat for him “so that they would not crush him.” (Mk 3:9). Today the only religious event where one might be crushed is the Black Nazarene procession. But elsewhere, especially in the western world, the churches are generally empty (of nationals).
* Jesus so touched the lives of people including curing them of diseases that they “were pressing upon him to touch him.” (Mk 3:10). Today people go about their business unmindful of the healing touch of Jesus.
* Even the unclean spirits “would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’” (Mk 3:11). Today people, even many so-called Christians, hardly know about worship, and do not really live out the reality that Jesus is their Savior and Lord.
This sorry situation is what the call to the New Evangelization seeks to overturn. But as always, it depends on the response of those called to proclaim the good news. Jesus is very attractive and the gospel is supreme good news. Who would not want Jesus and the good news during these times?
Jesus, addressing the unclean spirits, “warned them sternly not to make him known.” (Mk 3:12). This was because his time had not yet come. But that is not the case today. Jesus reiterates his commission to go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all. The universal Church, through Pope Benedict XVI, has issued the call to the New Evangelization. The Church in the Philippines has responded with its own pastoral letter “Live Christ, Share Christ” on evangelization. We in CFC-FFL consistently stress our call and charism to be evangelization.
So go, make him known.
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