My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Today, the Gospel (Mark 1:29-39) reminds us that evangelization is the means whereby we can keep our identity as Christians. There is a note of compulsion in the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark where the Evangelist uses the word “immediately“ some ten times. In the scene of the cure of Peter’s mother-in-law, it is found twice, though translated differently. Altogether, there is a note of the overwhelming urgency to get the message across, by word as well as by deed.
For Jesus evangelizing meant preaching the presence of God’s reign. Consequently, preaching the gospel came to be most closely identified with evangelization. However, it is not to be restricted to the pulpit; instead, one can say that it simply means each believer bearing witness to a deep faith conviction, in his or her own personal setting. Peter certainly did while enjoying the hospitality of his mother-in-law’s house.
Since the 1990s was observed as The Decade of Evangelism, greater emphasis has been placed on this primary task across the Anglican Communion. A comprehensive understanding of the task of proclaimation has been adopted and this has been captured in the following mission statement:
To proclaim the good news of the kingdom;
To teach, baptise, and nurture the new believers;
To respond to human needs by loving service;
To seek to transform unjust structures of society; and,
To strive, to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
(The Anglican Consultative Council, 1990)
As we look towards 2020, a renewed effort to proclaim the good news of God needs to be undertaken in our country by the Anglican Church. The average person can get involve, just by one’s way of life. The healing, reconcilating and liberating presence of Christ is as much needed now, as it was when it was first experienced in the homes, hills and shores of Galilee. Make yourself available, today.