THE SERVANT GENERAL
NEW YEAR MESSAGE
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE
Last year was quite challenging. No, not in the normal ways
by which we have been challenged in the world, with its
continuing assault on faith, family and life. Rather, we
have been challenged to enter more deeply into the kind
of life God wants for us. We saw that our destiny is to
be saints, martyrs and warriors. Now that is saying a lot!
theme last year was “Empowered to witness.”
This year we continue with this. In one of our theme verses
this year, we read: “With great power the apostles
bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and
great favor was accorded them all.” (Acts 4:33). Again,
empowered to witness! With the corresponding results, that
we will enjoy great favor, from God who sends us and from
those we witness to.
that is not our theme this year. Our theme is from the next
verse: “There was no needy person among them”
(Acts 4:34a). This year, empowered as we are to witness,
continuing to do massive evangelization, we are to look
to the poor. We are to help build the Church of the Poor.
that is another very challenging work. As always, we can
only accomplish our task if we keep ourselves focused on
the One who sends us, our Lord Jesus. And so we “Look
at Jesus, Look to the Poor.”
I take this opportunity to thank you all for the work done
last year. You know how you served, how you gave of yourself,
how you persevered. And of course God knows. You will not
be without your reward. Never forget how it is actually
our privilege to serve, and it is our blessing not to count
look to another great, and of course challenging, year.
God has provided what we need. We continue to be empowered
to witness. Our part is to respond and to give even more
deepens. The war intensifies. It is a great time to be a
saint, martyr and warrior. Rise to the challenge. Look to
Jesus, and serve his beloved poor.
Happy new year. God bless you all.