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657 - A new evangelization

26-Jan-2020 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Word of God            
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."…. He walked along from there and saw …. James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. He went around all of Galilee, …. and curing every disease and illness among the people. Mt 4,18-23
The present one is not an easy moment for the Church. The satanic forces and the other religions throw strikes increasingly tough. It would be necessary to find again the evangelizing push of the origins, by implementing significant apostolic programs to bring back to the God of Jesus Christ the twisted history of these times. It seems to us that the Church would have to change the missionary strategy, launching for attack the forces of the laymen, who have been left too much up to now in the backstage. It would be a new mode of fighting which would disarrange the enemy forces. The role of the priests would have to be more for the education rather than missionary; or better, they would have to be missionaries for the laymen forces. Probably one of the priest model to which to be inspired to organize the laymen is Don Giussani, recently passed away, who has organized the battalion of Comunione and Liberazione. An army, however, is composed by several battalions, then it would be necessary that other priests could be inspired to his strategy, which is the one of Jesus in the today gospel. Jesus started by recruiting normal persons, some laymen, to whom he presented a simple and clear program of life: “ Come after me, I will make you fishers for men”. He has lived together with those persons, teaching to them the truth of the kingdom of the heaven and the way to announce the gospel: “Jesus was going around into the entire Galilee, by teaching and announcing and curing every kind of diseases”. He did not ask to them to make professions of faith, but to simply stay with him. He pretended, however, that they obey to him, as he was obeying as the first to the will of the Father: “I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” (Jn 5,30) He taught that the life is a donation to be donated to the others: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15,13). He has delegated to these persons the announcement of the gospel: “Go into the whole word and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16,15) Lastly, he has taught to them to pray: “ When you pray, say: Father…..” (Lk 11,2 ) This was the strategy of Don Giussani and it could be the one of the future Church.


Anna Maria Rossi e Pierluigi Castaldi
via Gaudenzio Ferrari, 29 - 21047 Saronno (VA) ITALY