THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
GOD’S WILL BE DONE
Today’s gospel: Matthew 18:1-14
We always pray the Lord’s prayer, whether in private
prayer, in community worship, with the rosary, in the Eucharistic
celebration. Part of that prayer says, “Your will be
done, on earth as it is in heaven.” What is the Father’s
will? Well, “it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.” (v.14).
Father precisely sent His very own Son Jesus to suffer and
die for us so that everyone might be saved. His joy is when
a lost sheep is found and brought back to the sheepfold. “And
if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over
it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.” (v.13).
here is the tragic reality. The lost sheep is not one of the
100 but 99 of the 100! The Father grieves! And this tragic
situation is all our fault, that is, the fault of God’s
people who are supposed to evangelize and help bring back
the lost sheep, but who largely do not do so.
not Jesus commission us this task? Are we not to stand in
the place of Jesus and continue with his work of salvation?
If Jesus were around, what would he do? “What is your
opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes
astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and
go in search of the stray?” (v.12). Jesus certainly
would do so. But he has entrusted us with this task.
must share Christ. And do this with great urgency.