THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
VIGILANT AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS
Today’s gospel: Luke 12:35-38
We are in the end times. The Lord is coming soon, but we know
not when. Those who have been given a task are to be vigilant
and faithful. “Blessed are those servants whom the master
finds vigilant on his arrival.” (v.37a).
is our task? Our particular call and charism is evangelization
founded on family renewal. We are to massively proclaim the
gospel, and we are to build up strong families as foundation
for this work. Why is this important? Because Jesus came to
bring salvation for all, which he accomplished on the cross.
Now for people to avail of that salvation, they need to put
their faith in Jesus. For them to be able to do that, they
need to hear the gospel preached. Who will do that? It is
we who have met Christ and are living Christ who will be the
ones to share Christ.
the great majority of Catholics (so not even to mention the
pagans who have to be reached) are lapsed and non-practicing.
The lost sheep are the 99 out of 100. Given 1.3 billion Catholics
in the world, that means 1.287 billion. How does the Church
reach them all? In the shortening time that is left?
is why the Church has issued the call to the New Evangelization.
And our lay response has been LCSC. Through this movement,
basing the work in the parishes, the potential to reach most
if not all is there.
there is no time to lose. We cannot just restrict ourselves
to what we have always been doing, as such work, though massive,
is not massive enough. We cannot just focus on strengthening
the community while holding back on CLSs or LCSs (we should
do both!). We cannot just lounge in the Country Club relaxing
and enjoying ourselves (there will be time enough for that,
especially as respite from really hard work).
“gird your loins and light your lamps” (v.35).
Let that light shine forth in the lives of many others. Let
us “be like servants who await their master’s
return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes
and knocks.” (v.36). Let us be eager to open the door,
knowing we have not been remiss, that we have worked tirelessly
to prepare for his arrival.
what will Jesus do when he does arrive? “Amen, I say
to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table,
and proceed to wait on them.” (v.37b). We would then
have served him all this time. So when he comes, he in turn
will serve us.
prepared, do the work, and thus be blessed. “And should
he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared
in this way, blessed are those servants.” (v.38).