THE SERVANT GENERAL
Today’s reading: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29
King Antiochus had instituted pagan worship in the realm,
forcing all peoples to abandon their customs. Those who did
not follow were persecuted and killed. His officers went all
over the land “enforcing the apostasy” (v.15).
Unfortunately, “many of Israel joined them” (v.16a).
But Mattathias did not. He slew an apostate Jew and also the
messenger of the king, as “he was filled with zeal;
his heart was moved and his just fury was aroused” (v.24a).
Then he and his followers fled to the mountains and started
the Maccabean revolt.
face a similar situation today. Most Western governments are
trying to force the eradication of authentic faith.
prayer in schools and office buildings.
the Ten Commandments and other Christian symbols.
Forcing Catholics to do evil work, such as nurses to assist
in abortion, bakers to make cakes for same-sex weddings,
Prohibiting people from speaking openly against homosexuality.
Prohibiting reparative treatment for homosexuality.
To enforce the above, secular governments are using the law.
Laws are being passed making it criminal to do any of the
above things. Violators are haled to court, and when they
lose, are heavily fined or put in jail. Religious freedom
is being grossly violated.
are not yet at the point of liberal governments putting to
death anyone who dissents. But that can very well happen.
This is because the anti-faith, anti-family and anti-life
forces, intolerant and totalitarian in nature, will do anything
to push its diabolical agenda. The Catholic Church is particularly
targeted, because it is the only strong institution standing
in the way.
must resist. Even as many Catholics today have already given
in to the secular humanist culture, and many in effect have
fallen into apostasy, that is not an option for us. “Although
all the Gentiles in the king’s realm obey him, so that
they forsake the religion of their ancestors and consent to
the king’s orders, yet I and my sons and my kindred
will keep to the covenant of our ancestors.” (v.19-20).
is a time for holy warriors to arise. They are those who would
stand up for God’s commandments and His righteousness,
in the face of assaults by enemy forces. They must be willing
to suffer the consequences of their just actions. They must
be zealous for the Lord and their Church.
battle cry of holy warriors, for their families and communities,
should be: “Let everyone who is zealous for the law
and who stands by the covenant follow me!” (v.27). Ho-wa!