THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
OUR CALL AND MISSION – 5
Today’s gospel: Matthew 4:12-25
Today’s gospel about the beginning of Jesus’
Galilean ministry is a reflection of what is happening and
what is needed in today’s world.
the world is in the darkness of sin and evil. We have “people
who sit in darkness” and “those dwelling in
a land overshadowed by death” (v.16). We live in a
world dominated by the culture of death. There is growing
apostasy. People are dying in their sins. Unheard of evils
have come upon the world, such as transgenderism, infanticide,
drag queens. Much confusion has arisen even within the Church.
the solution remains the same. It is repentance and turning
to faith in Jesus. Jesus himself emphasized what was needed.
“From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
(v.17). But today, people, even within the Church, are turning
to other things, such as political correctness, addressing
social issues, promoting the brotherhood of all men and
equality of all religions. But unless people repent of their
sins and turn to Jesus in faith, there will be no change
in the darkness all around.
people need to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus
in order to be able to believe in him. For this to happen,
the gospel needs to be proclaimed. For this to happen, there
needs to be evangelizers. Jesus himself put together a core
team that would continue on after him. He first called ordinary
fishermen. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers
of men.” (v.19). Those called need to respond in a
decisive and committed way. “He called them, and immediately
they left their boat and their father and followed him.”
(v.22). The kingdom is to be the highest priority, even
before family and livelihood.
those called need to carry on what the ministry of Jesus
was about. “He went around all of Galilee, teaching
in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.”
(v.23). These works are about Christian formation, evangelization
and mission, and total human liberation. These works are
to be done in every place, to the grassroots at the peripheries,
to the ends of the earth, to be able to reach everyone.
the above, then we can see positive change in the world,
dispelling the darkness, overcoming sin, changing people’s
lives for the better, bringing peace and justice. Just as
then, people “brought to him all who were sick with
various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed,
lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them.” (v.24).
We too need to bring people to meet Christ and be set free.
is the work of Jesus. This is the work we have been called
to do. It is the most important work in the world today.