Speaker to faithful: ‘Gifts must serve Gospel’

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PASAY City, June 10, 2014—In a speech that brought all of SMX down, one of the speakers at this year’s New Evangelization Conference (NEC) held Saturday, June 7, urged thousands of the assembled faithful to put their God-given talents at the service of the Gospel.

“Whatever gift you have, let it out …Share it with others for the sake of evangelization. You have to come out. We have to come out,” Jay Pangan of the Diocese of Antipolo said.

He explained that Satan will stop at nothing to exhaust every means imaginable to draw as many people as he can away from God.

But Pangan pointed out that “God opened our eyes to all avenues of evangelization” which the faithful can use against Satan in order to lead people back to the Church.

Lay speaker Jay Pangan encouraged the faithful to use all their gifts, talents and resources to “serve the Gospel.” (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

He stressed that, “Everything can be used to bring God to people, to bring God into our hearts…That is what New Evangelization is all about.”

He cited the recent win of Catholic nun Cristina Scuccia on the Italian franchise of the popular talent show “The Voice” as an example of how lay and religious alike can proclaim the faith by actively living it and sharing it with others.

According to Pangan, Scuccia preached Christ’s message in a way that today’s world, especially the youth, can more easily relate to—music.

The nun, who led her audience in reciting the “Lord’s Prayer”, credits her victory to “the One who is above…My ultimate gratitude is to the One on high”.

Drawing from Ephesians 5:1-20, Pangan noted, “Everything we are called upon to do is already written for us in the Bible.”

Parts of the passage read, “So be imitators of God, as beloved children,and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.”

Pangan exhorted Catholic Christians to wake up, to cease being “sleepers” in the faith, emphasizing the need to transform themselves—through Jesus—into “children of light”.

In verses eight to ten, St. Paul tells the Christians of Ephesus, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness.”(Raymond A. Sebastián)

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