THE SERVANT GENERAL
HOLY WARRIORS – 13
Today’s gospel: Mark 1:29-39
We are soldiers of Christ serving in the army of Mary. We
are called to be holy warriors. This is about Jesus’
own work. Jesus was “preaching and driving out demons
throughout the whole of Galilee.” (v.39). To preach
and to drive out demons--this is the most important work of
work is about evangelization and mission. Evangelization is
the proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus. It
is preaching the gospel. It is telling people about the love
of God manifested in the salvific work of His Son. It is sharing
Christ. It is the only way by which the salvation won by Jesus
on the cross can be manifested in the lives of people.
natural consequence of evangelization is mission. We are sent
to proclaim the gospel to all creatures in all nations. When
we do that, since the whole world is under the dominion of
the evil one, then we automatically engage in spiritual warfare.
We engage the enemy. We directly assault the kingdom of darkness.
We drive out demons. We help liberate captives and restore
them to the Kingdom of God.
evangelization and mission, preaching and driving out demons,
are the most important works of the Church. There are many
good things that can be done in the worldwork for social
justice, fight against poverty and criminality, advocacy for
good government, eradication of criminality, advocacy for
a clean environment, and so on. We can do all these things,
but we must never neglect the most fundamental things. In
fact, if we do these things but neglect what is most important,
then we might have a better physical world and more material
well-being for man, but miss out on what is of utmost importance,
that of growing in faith and redemption of our souls.
those who serve in the Church, again there are many good things
that can be donework with youth, Bible apostolate, work
with the poor, building basic ecclesial communities, and so
on. But the most important work is evangelization and mission.
It is sharing Christ and going into the grassroots at the
peripheries. It is engaging the enemy and demolishing its
strongholds. We are called to be priests, prophets and servant
leaders, but the most basic calling, which encompasses all
the others, is to become holy warriors.
said about his preaching: “For this purpose have I come.”
(v.38b). We must realize our own calling: to be holy warriors.
For this purpose we have been called.