THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE CALL TO HOLINESS
Today’s gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
The Church is called to the New Evangelization. An important
element of that call is the age-old call to holiness. Unfortunately
holiness is no longer being spoken of today. In fact, even
within parts of the Church, even basic righteousness is neglected,
and there is more accommodation of sin, at times in the guise
of mercy and compassion.
is holiness? It is to be set apart. It is not to be of the
world. It is to belong to God, to live in His Kingdom on earth,
to serve Him as Lord and King with our all.
Catholics today on the other hand have been co-opted by the
world. You cannot distinguish them from the secularist world.
Oh, let me correct that. In the area of the culture of death,
in the assaults on family and life, Catholics in the western
world often rank higher than the general population in accepting
and advocating contraception, divorce, abortion, same-sex
unions and euthanasia.
wonder the Church is weak. No wonder we are losing Catholics
by the day to the world, to sects and to cults. No wonder
there are more and more Catholics who have become the enemy
within. No wonder our Church is no longer living out its calling
to be a missionary Church.
And no wonder why so many Catholics live such miserable lives.
Always worrying about what to eat and what to wear. Always
worrying and being anxious. Jesus tells us not to be that
way (v.25,28a), to rather be trustful of a loving Father who
provides richly for our needs (v.26,28b-30). “Your heavenly
Father knows that you need them all.” (v.32b). Otherwise,
we manifest our lack of faith. “O you of little faith”
(v.30b). “All these things the pagans seek.” (v.32a).
Are you a Christian or a pagan?
then is our priority? It is to grow in holiness and to be
fully embedded in the Kingdom of God. “But seek first
the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (v.33a). Then
the provision of what we need is the bonus, as “all
these things will be given you besides.” (v.33b). First
things first, then every good thing follows.
The world and its allures continually beckon us. God too wants
to draw us to Himself. Whom do we choose? You can’t
have it both ways. “No one can serve two masters. He
will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to
one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
(v.24). Unfortunately, many Catholics have chosen mammon.
Do you then wonder why there is so much hate today for the
Christian faith and for faithful Christians?
is a crucial need for the New Evangelization. Get on board.
Stop with excuses, even seemingly good ones like family and
livelihood. Yes do not neglect those, but do not be exclusively
absorbed by them, to the detriment of the call to holiness
and helping build the Kingdom. Heed Jesus’ words about
God’s provision. “Do not worry about tomorrow;
tomorrow will take care of itself.” (v.34a). With God
intimately in our lives, yes we will be cared for.