THE SERVANT GENERAL
WIELDING THE SWORD
February 4, 2018
In our work of evangelization and mission, we are deep into
spiritual warfare, against a strong enemy. This is a fight
to the death, or rather, unto life. This war rages until the
end of time, when Christ and his armies achieve the final
Arise, holy warriors, and wield the sword of the Spirit, the
word of God.
‘AND A SWORD THY OWN SOUL SHALL
by Church Militant • ChurchMilitant.com • February
1, 2018 2 Comments
The sword makes its first appearance in the Infant
Jesus' life, drawn against His Mother
An excerpt from Chapter 4 of The Weapon, by Michael Voris.
His name was Simeon, and of him we do not know much, other
than that he was a devout and upright man. It had been made
known to him by the Holy Spirit he would not die until he
had seen the Messiah with his own eyes. What we can safely
assume is that Simeon must have been a man of deep holiness
to be afforded such a singular grace. In addition to being
devout and morally upright, there must have been a deep, abiding
presence of faith and hope and charity. His canticle to God
after he took the Babe into his arms speaks of this.
knew intuitively of the great
battle about to ensue. He knew it in his bones,
his soul, his mind. He knew also that this was not just a
battle involving his own race, but was a
war involving all humanity. He knew the stakes
were nothing less than salvation, and that this was for the
nations. He knew too the cost of this Great War would be incalculable
suffering. So when he returns the Babe to the arms of His
Mother and father, he takes Mary aside and says to Her that
She would suffer most of all a sword would pierce her
The Son of God is barely a month old and already the sword
makes its first appearance in His life, drawn against His
Mother a sign of the horror of sin. The most perfect
human to have ever graced the earth would have to bear in
Her soul the pain of sin, having never committed a single
one in Her life, never even having been touched by Original
Sin. To Her would be the utmost sharing of the future pain
of Her Son.
This sword would appear again in His life on earth, drawn
against Him in His infancy by Herod's soldiers. It would also
bring forth the Church from His side on the Cross as it would
be plunged into His dead body. But He
Himself would also have a sword and would never hesitate to
draw it and use it. He said, "I have not come to bring
peace, but a sword" (Matt. 10:34). And
this is fitting, for there is no war without weapons. Weapons
exist to be used, and more than used, to defeat, kill, conquer,
vanquish, and occupy.
The sword of Christ is truth, and it hurts as it tears into
the soul, separating sinew from bone; it hurts more than a
physical sword. Rarely does a physical battle wound so change
a man as to conform him to Heaven. Its ability to effect change
is limited to the merely natural, the body. But the
sword the Son of God never sheathes can so wound a man, so
disfigure and kill a former man of sin, that a new man of
justice can emerge, where God will lovingly
give him what he deserves, and that will be Himself.
The target of the divine sword
is sin, to cut out the gore and ugliness of it and repair
and restore man. In this manner, it is as
much scalpel as it is sword. Each shares a sharp blade and
each has the same purpose: to destroy that which is bad and
which must be removed. Saint Paul uses the same imagery to
get at the same truth. This
war requires well-trained soldiers, warriors skilled at the
sword. This is as true as the day is long.
The enemy has a massive arsenal, a stockpile of weapons and
munitions in the form of temptations, doubts, excitement of
the passions, pride set against God's commands.
This is why Simeon speaks as he does to Mary. The Son of God,
His Firstborn, has been presented to the Father according
to the command of the Father. His inheritance from the Father
will be an everlasting kingdom, as His angel told Mary at
the Annunciation almost a year earlier. But
that kingdom would be established in bloody warfare, for the
enemy was in this fight to the death.
Watch the panel discuss the sorrows of Our Lady on The DownloadFeast
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