THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
THE WAR INTENSIFIES
Today’s gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
The work of evangelization brings us face-to-face with an
unbelieving world with all of its secular humanist values,
and also brings us eyeball-to-eyeball with the evil one, whose
dominion we are trying to overturn. Satan of course is powerful,
being a fallen angel, and the secular powers he utilizes,
including world governments, are also very powerful. Thus
we can expect to be oppressed and persecuted. “Behold,
I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves”
can and will the enemy’s minions do to us?
“they will hand you over to courts” (v.17b).
This is already happening. B&B owners and cake makers
who do not want to cater to same-sex couples are being sued
in courts, they lose, and they pay huge fines, crippling
or even closing their businesses.
will be led before governors and kings” (v.18a). This
is already happening. The courts are being used to overturn
pro-life initiatives and amendments, and the US Supreme
Court just legalized same-sex marriage. Expect more suits
to try to bring committed Christians down.
will rise up against parents” (v.21b). Many children,
brainwashed by the pro-gay, pro-hedonism, pro-abortion forces
are disobeying their parents, and actually encouraged by
secular powers not to listen to their parents, and do things
like hiding their abortion from their parents. Active gays
have turned against their traditional-minded parents.
will be hated by all because of my name” (v.22a).
The world hates true Christians who live for Christ and
the name their carry. They are regarded as homophobes and
will scourge you in their synagogues” (v.17c). The
modernists are even within our Church. In America there
are many pro-gay, pro-divorce and pro-abortion “Catholics.”
They ostracize those faithful Catholics who dare speak the
truth about human sexuality or the true beauty of Catholic
marriage. Some dioceses exclude traditional priests from
active parish ministry.
will hand over brother to death, and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put
to death.” (v.21). If you think all the above are
already so bad, if you believe we have come to the worst
with the legalization of same-sex marriage by the US Supreme
Court, I am sorry, but think again. The real oppression
and persecution is just starting. The aim of reproductive
rights and gender ideologists is to destroy faith, family
and life. They will not stop until Christianity is stamped
out or rendered inutile, and the Catholic Church weakened
or even destroyed. They are totalitarian and will use the
greater powers they have to impose their ideologies and
errors. Expect persecution. Be ready for martyrdom. And
if you think your opponents’ being your child, sibling
or parent will protect you, expect to be disappointed
are we to do?
First, we should be “shrewd as serpents and simple as
doves.” (v.16b). We are to fight back, but not in the
unchristian ways of the other side. We should speak out the
truth, we should stand our ground, we should marshall those
who are on our side, we should educate the many, and so on.
We are to use social media. We are to build up our own forces
and confront them in various fora, in the courts, in schools,
in the public square. We are to speak to clerics, religious
and even bishops, given the chance, and point out their wayward
ways. We are to hate the sin, but still love the sinner. We
are to be pure in our intentions.
“beware of people” (v.17a). Unfortunately, many
people out there, including Catholics within our churches,
chanceries and parishes, are for the other side. Many people,
who in other ways are very nice and caring, are, when it comes
to human sexuality and life issues, antagonistic to those
who hold on to traditional views.
whenever we are persecuted or brought before secular authorities,
look on that as the opportunity not to be gagged but actually
to be able to speak out. Be “a witness before them and
the pagans.” (v.18b). By your loving but firm words,
by your charitable actions, by your genuine love. This might
be the only opportunity to educate them about what is right
have the confidence that as we truly strive to serve God and
stand for Biblical truth, that God has our back. He watches
over us. He provides what we need. “When they hand you
over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you
are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are
to say. For it will not be you who speak but the spirit of
your Father speaking through you.” (v.19-20). Wow. Possibly
in that lowest point of your life, risking your personal well-being,
you will become an even more special instrument of God!
know and look to your eternal destiny and reward. We are passing
through this vale of tears, but we look to our heavenly homeland.
We will have to stand up for Jesus. We will have to fight
for our faith up to the very end. Know that “whoever
endures to the end will be saved.” (v.22b). The persecution
is just for a brief time (could be years or decades) but eternal
life is forever.
The war intensifies. We are actually losing ground to the
enemy. But we just need to persist. If we are not making headway
in this parish or public or city, then move to another. “When
they persecute you in one town, flee to another.” (v.23a).
Fleeing is not mainly to avoid the persecution, but is more
to be able to do our work in perhaps a less hostile environment,
so we can make some headway.
task is urgent. There is much to be done. The whole world
is in ever-deeper darkness. The tsunami of evil is overwhelming
the world. Our Church is being weakened, helped by the enemies
within. We are in the end times. I don’t think the world
will be evangelized and people return to God before Jesus
returns once again, but we need to do what we can do, to ensure
that many more will be saved. “Amen, I say to you, you
will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man
Lord Jesus. In the meantime, empower us with your Spirit to
do our work.