THE SERVANT GENERAL
WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
OR AGAINST JESUS
gospel: Luke 11:14-23
We are in spiritual war. Satan against Jesus. The strong man
against the stronger man. Much of Jesus’ public ministry
was spent driving out demons and breaking the strongholds
of the devil over people (as in illnesses). In this war, there
is no neutral space. Jesus wants all to be saved, while the
devil wants all to be damned. In the end, we either go to
hell or to heaven (while passing through Purgatory). The Church
that Jesus established has one basic mission, to help save
such, all who proclaim themselves to be Christians and are
part of the Church are to participate in this war. We are
either one with Jesus in his work or we are not. And if we
are not actively engaging in God’s work, if we are just
living our lives apart from the Church’s mission, then
we are effectively against Jesus. “Whoever is not with
me is against me” (v.23a). If we are not about the work
of proclaiming the good news of salvation in Jesus, including
gathering the lost sheep, then we in effect are scattering
them, for “whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
(v.23b). That is to say, if we are not proactively gathering,
then, by our inaction or neglect, we contribute to the continued
scattering and loss of God’s flock, which the enemy
is actively and constantly trying to devour.
it is not just about those Christians who are not engaged
in the mission of Jesus. There are also many so-called Christians
who are in fact the enemy within.
The unrepentant sinners.
who are for the culture of death.
who want to change age-old Church teaching.
who malign and calumniate other leaders in order to advance
their own quest for power and position.
Prelates who hide or tolerate the sexual wrongdoings of
No wonder the world is in such a dire situation, with deeper
darkness, despite the salvation already won by Jesus. The
devil has successfully built his kingdom, while the Church
has neglected the work of the Kingdom. The Church has not
been single-minded in her basic mission. We are not united
in vision. Her members are lapsed or even working to subvert
her from the inside. “Every kingdom divided against
itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.”
(v.17). The results are there to see: we are losing Catholics
by the day. The world is being overwhelmed by a tsunami
we as Catholics are on the side of the stronger man, Jesus,
who has already overcome and despoiled the enemy. Jesus drives
out demons by the finger of God and thus the Kingdom of God
has come upon us (v.20). Now it is time to clean up the mess
left by the devil in the world. It is time to be fully with
Jesus, and to start to gather.
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