THE SERVANT GENERAL
NO ONE IN NEED
THE MISSION OF JESUS
Today’s gospel: Luke 4:14-22
year, on January 11 at the Community Conference, we launch
the No One in Need (NONe) movement.
This is our work of building the Church of the Poor in response
to the call to the New Evangelization. This is our Work with
the Poor, now an integral part of the LCSC movement, intended
to do a massive work among the poor.
is this important? At its most basic, it is important because
it is the very mission of Jesus. “The Spirit of the
Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad
tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to
captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed
go free” (v.18).
poor are the materially and socially poor. They are the downtrodden,
the oppressed, the afflicted, the forgotten and the neglected.
They are on the fringes of society, deprived of their share
of the world’s goods, stripped of their dignity as children
of God, at the mercy of human greed, neglect and selfishness.
poured His Spirit upon Jesus and anointed him, not only bringing
salvation to the world, but especially seeking the lost, the
least and the last. God created a wonderful world, with enough
provision for all. There was no poverty in Eden. Jesus came
to restore our relationship with the Father, and to restore
what God intended from the very start--that captives would
be liberated, that the blind shall see, that the oppressed
will go free. Jesus defeated Satan on the cross and overturned
darkness and death. Jesus wants the sorry lot of his people
to be overturned as well.
“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit”
(v.14a). We in CFC-FFL this year are empowered to witness.
was sent “to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
(v.19). In this Year of the Laity, we too are sent to proclaim
the gospel to God’s beloved poor.
at the beginning of his public ministry, said to those in
the synagogue, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled
in your hearing.” (v.21). From today, at the launch
of the No One in Need movement,
may this scripture passage, this mission of Jesus, be fulfilled
in the lives of many poor people in our midst.
all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words
that came from his mouth.” (v.22a). May all continue
to speak highly of Jesus, as we help bring him into the lives
of the poor, and may they be amazed at the wondrous works
that come from our hands, the very hands of Jesus himself.