THE SERVANT GENERAL
NEW YEAR MESSAGE
HE WILL BE GREAT
of Mary, Mother of God
January 1, 2018
Christmas is such a wonderful time, full of laughter, partying,
gift-giving and blessings. The peace we experience belies
the turmoil that rages around us in the world. We continue
to look at the manger scene so peaceful and serene,
and the Christ child so simple and innocent. Who would
have thought that three decades later, Jesus would be rejected,
tortured and killed?
look at Mary sweet and radiant Mother Mary. With joy
she gave birth to Jesus, and with joy she and Joseph presented
him in the Temple. But Simeon, even as he exulted in the presence
of the Messiah, spoke troubling words to her: “and you
yourself a sword will pierce” (Lk 2:35a). Who would
have thought that three decades later, Mary would see her
Son suffer rejection, betrayal, abandonment, derision and
fact, after we have just celebrated the Nativity of Jesus
on December 25, we celebrate feasts and memorials that are
challenging, to say the least.
26 – Stephen, the first martyr.
27 – John the Apostle, exiled at Patmos.
28 – The Holy Innocents, massacred by Herod.
29 – St Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr.
Then on December 31, the last day of the year, we celebrate
the Feast of the Holy Family. This points us to our vision
and charism, which is renewing the family and defending life.
Our life and work is founded on the coming of Christ, and
we are Couples for Christ. Our goal is to help preserve, defend,
renew and strengthen the Christian family. To that end, we
do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization, which work
engages us in great challenges, bringing oppression, persecution,
suffering and pain.
suffered for us; we too will suffer for Christ. As we encounter
the ever deepening darkness in the world, we can always look
back to the radiance of the star that shone on the manger
in Bethlehem. We know that “the light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn
1:5). We stand on the truth of the Incarnation. “For
today in the city of David a savior has been born for you
who is Messiah and Lord.” (Lk 1:11).
we start a new year, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary
the Mother of God, ponder all these realities, just like Mary.
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them
in her heart.” (Lk 2:19). Thus be encouraged in our
struggle. Jesus the Savior is born. Know who he truly is.
“He will be great and will be called Son of the Most
High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his
father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Lk 1:32-33).
Such is the greatness of our God.
is the Jesus whom we proclaim to the world. This is Jesus
in whose steps we follow. This is Jesus whose cross we, and
so many other saints and martyrs before us, have embraced.
is a new year. Let us go forth in the power of the Spirit
and win this world for Christ.