THE SERVANT GENERAL
IS THE LORD WITH US?
August 20, 2019
Today we face an unprecedented crisis of faith in the world
and in our Church. There is apostasy, lapsed Catholics, lost
sheep, homosexual clerical predation, Catholic support for
LGBT and the culture of death, Catholics not believing in
the Real Presence, and so on. If God is at work in the life
of the world and especially the Church, why is this happening?
We wonder as Gideon did: “if the Lord is with us, why
has all this happened to us?” (Jgs 6:13).
it certainly is not God’s fault. The fault is entirely
ours. The plan of God does not just happen. We need to be
involved. We need to respond to His call. We need to know
His will and act on it. We need to become holy warriors, reflecting
the holiness of God and engaging in spiritual warfare.
What do we need to do?
we must respond to God’s call and trust in Him. God
said to Gideon, “Go with the strength you have, and
save Israel from the power of Midian.” (Jgs 6:14a).
This means a number of things. One, we engage in spiritual
warfare in order to work for the salvation of souls. Two,
we go with whatever we have, and God will supply what else
is needed as we move along. Gideon objected that his family
was poor and he the most insignificant in the household (Jgs
6:15), but God said to him, “I will be with you, and
you will cut down Median to the last man.” (Jgs 6:16).
So three, God just needs human instruments but ultimately
is the One who accomplishes the work.
Second, we must not be weighed down by the world’s baggage.
A warrior goes into combat basically just with his spiritual
weapons of offense and defense; anything more will be just
dead weight. A warrior is focused on the fight at hand; any
other worldly concern can get him out of focus and rendered
less effective. The rich young man became sad when he could
not let go of his possessions in order to follow Jesus (Mt
19:22). Now mind you, he was a good man who kept the commandments.
How many of us can indeed be considered good persons, trying
to obey God? There are many like that, but still, the forces
of the enemy continue to overrun the world. So what is needed
is a counter-assault, by holy warriors, those who strive to
be perfect, who are not attached to worldly possessions, who
look only to the ultimate reward that is heaven, who follow
Jesus all the way (Mt 19:21).
to the ultimate reward is very important, because this helps
us endure the hardships that will surely come our way. We
must have endurance and perseverance. We must be longsuffering.
Peter said to Jesus, “We have given up everything and
followed you. What will there be for us?” (Mt 19:27).
Well, God is never outdone in generosity. And what we give
up is nothing compared to what God has prepared for us. And
so Jesus says, “everyone who has given up houses or
brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.” (Mt 19:29).
Third, we must know that as holy warriors we are peacemakers.
In a seeming contradiction, we wage war in order to bring
about peace. This is the peace of Christ. Is not Jesus the
Prince of Peace? Did he not tell his disciples, “Peace
be with you”? Yet he also said that he came not to establish
peace on the earth but rather division (see Luke 12:51). This
means that he and/or his ways will be opposed, which will
then divide people, for or against him.
as holy warriors, we aver, “I will listen for what God,
the Lord, has to say; surely he will speak of peace to his
people and to his faithful. May they not turn to foolishness!”
(Ps 85:9). Jesus offers peace, peace on earth to people of
goodwill, but more importantly, eternal peace in heaven. But
many people prefer to be foolish. This is what is happening
to many Catholics in our Church today.
holy warriors, we fight for what is right: love, truth,
justice, peace (Ps 85:11). Doing so will offend those who
prefer to be foolish.
fight for authentic Christian love. This is not the love
professed by homosexuals or transgenders. Love can never
be about sin, but is about keeping God’s commandments
(see John 15:10).
fight for truth. That God created two sexes and not many
genders. That sex is reserved for heterosexual marriage.
That abortion is murder.
fight for justice. That the rights of all will be upheld.
That freedom of speech will not be legislated against by
a SOGIE  bill. That a biologically-male transgender is
not favored over a poor janitress.
We fight for peace. We evangelize and do mission so that
the world will know Christ and live his way of life.
The Lord said to Gideon, “Is it not I who send you?”
(Jgs 6:14b). God continues to say the same thing to us. So
go forth. Onward, holy warriors!
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SOGIE = Sexual Orientation and Gender Idiocy (sic) and Expression,
a bill now pending in the Philippine Congress.