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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 245)

ELEMENTS OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION – 5


October 31, 2018
Today’s gospel: Luke 13:22-30


Today’s gospel gives a number of realities with regard to the New Evangelization.

First is the reality that many are lost. “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” (v.23). As it is today, few will be saved. Many are dying in their sins. 99 of the 100 sheep are lost. Our Church is losing Catholics by the day. This is why the work of evangelization is of the utmost urgency. We must do whatever we can to try to save a few more souls.

Second is the need to strive for holiness and Christian perfection. “Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” (v.24). It takes great effort to enter the Kingdom of God. It is not enough to pray a little, to read the Bible a little, to go to church every once in a while, to even try to refrain from wrongdoing (but end up failing). What is needed is to strive to be holy as God is holy, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

Third is the reality that we are already in the end times. “After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’” (v.25). It is late in the day. The opportunity to repent and turn to faith in Jesus is shortening. We need to enter the narrow door now.

Fourth is the need to go beyond mere external shows of piety. “And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’” (v.26-27). One might receive Communion weekly but outside of Mass act in ways that are unchristian. One might go to Bible studies but fail to love one’s neighbor. We are either with Jesus or against him. To fail to strive for holiness is to more easily fall into unrighteousness. We either serve God or mammon. To not fully embrace Jesus is to end up embracing the world.

We must be about the work of the New Evangelization.

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