FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
URGENCY OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
July 7, 2016
Today’s gospel: Matthew 10:7-15
People today are dying in their sins. They are those whom Jesus gave his life for, and already saved. But they need to accept what Jesus has done for them, repent and turn away from sin, and put their faith in Jesus. For this to happen, they need to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus. This is why the work of evangelization is so urgent. Such is the task of evangelizers. “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (v.7).
Now there will be those who “will not receive you or listen to your words” (v.14a). What does Jesus say about them? “Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” (v.15). What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah? For their inhabitants’ unrepented sin, they were destroyed by fire and brimstone. Why will it be worse for the people of towns that will not receive the gospel? It is because they will end up not being consumed just at one instance, but suffering eternally in the fires of hell.
God wants all to be saved. This is why God gives all people the opportunity to hear the gospel and make a decision for Christ. This is why we who are true disciples of Jesus need to do a massive and worldwide work of evangelization. But it is still up to people to decide. As people are dying in their sins daily, the work of evangelization is urgent. Evangelizers must be committed and persistent. With so much work to be done, evangelizers need to press on and to move on, not being held back, not lingering to wait for people’s positive responses. If people will not listen to or receive the message, then “go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.” (v.14). The evangelizers would already have done their task. And there are so many other towns to go to.
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