THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
A HOLY PEARL
Today’s gospel: Matthew 7:6-14
Today’s gospel contains a problematic passage. “Do
not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before
swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear
you to pieces.” (v.6). “Dogs” and “swine”
were Jewish terms of contempt for Gentiles. Some Jews opposed
the preaching of the gospel to Christians, thinking salvation
was only for the Jews. But Jesus commissioned his disciples
to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, to both Jew
and Gentile alike. Perhaps Jesus took the saying and was applying
it to how to deal with an unrepentant or obstinate fellow
Christian. They were ultimately to be treated as Gentiles
or tax collectors, that is, shunned.
now apply this saying to LCSC. LCSC is the valuable gift given
to us by God for the work of the New Evangelization. It is
a holy pearl. But there are still those who either oppose
it, or simply do not want to get on board. This can come from
two directions--our own brethren in CFC-FFL and those outside
the community (priests and lay leaders).
should continue to explain LCSC so that our CFC-FFL brethren
can catch the vision. It is a radical move of the Spirit,
not readily found attractive. It is challenging, as we become
not self-referential and truly give of ourselves, nay, empty
ourselves, for the sake of the larger work of the Church.
It is how we can truly be a servant to the Church. But if
after numerous explanations and all questions being answered,
if there is still no buy-in, then we must move on, no longer
wasting precious time and just get on with the massive work
at hand. We can just pray for those who have not given LCSC
their full embrace, and joyfully welcome them if and when
they do decide to be a part of this movement.
there are priests and parish leaders who may not accept LCSC.
Again, if explanations and efforts to get them to accept the
movement prove unsuccessful, then we are to shake the dust
of the parish from our sandals and move on. There are many
more parishes waiting, many of which would be more positive.
For the others, we can await another opportune time, but for
the moment, we should focus on moving the work ever forward.