Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Repentance and the New Evangelization

Psalm 15, our reponse to the first reading, begins with verse 2.  In verse one we would read:
“O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?”

In verse 2 and 3 we get the response: “He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue.”

The Scriptures are continually calling us back to God. Common to human beings, we become distracted and stray. 

As the Gospel reading today tells us, God always calls us back. Jesus’ whole mission was “to seek and to save what was lost.”

In a sense, the New Evangelization isn’t new; it is living out today’s Gospel.  The New Evangelization is different from the Church’s mission to Evangelize.  The New Evangelization is the proclamation of the Gospel to those who have already heard it and have strayed or who have—most commonly and in the words of St. John today “grown lukewarm”.

Christ’s purpose for reaching out to Zaccheus was to invite him back, to allow him the opportunity to repent and to recommit his life to God.

Zacchaeus would then be an example spoken of in Psalm 15, he would then inspire others to live the same faith.

That is how the New Evangelization feeds the Church’s mission to evangelize.

We open our hearts and minds to God’s compassion, receive His forgiveness, renews ourselves with God’s love and recommit ourselves to our faith and relationship with Christ.

Then, we become living examples of the Gospel in everything we do and others, seeing our example, may be drawn to Christ.

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