THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
OBEDIENCE AND JUSTICE
November 6, 2010
Today’s reading from the book of Psalms shows us the
way how to live our lives such that truly our God will be
we need to know and live out a proper relationship with God.
What is that? God is the Almighty, the awesome Creator, the
all-powerful and ever-living God. And we are but weak human
flesh, corrupted in many ways by the world and our own sinful
nature. As such, unlike many in the world who look only to
themselves for power and strength, we realize our nothingness,
we realize God’s awesomeness, and we ought to be in
awe of Him. We need to “fear the Lord” (Ps 112:1a).
This is reverential fear, as is fitting between a Creator
and His creatures, between a Master and His servants.
as we know God is everything and we are nothing, as we realize
that God is all-good while we are inclined to decadent living,
as we accept that God has a wonderful eternal plan for us
that is for our good and for a future full of hope, then we
decide to obey Him in everything. God shows us the way we
are to live, gives us His commandments by which we know right
from wrong, and moves us along the right path. But only if
we are obedient. Thus, grateful for God’s guidance and
care, we obey, and we “greatly delight in God’s
commands” (Ps 112:1b).
as we are to relate in the world not only to God but also
to our fellow human beings, as we realize that we are all
children of God making our way to heaven as pilgrims in the
world, we need to relate in the right way to others. And how
is that? With justice. Justice is giving to the other person
what is his due. And what is due to our fellow human beings?
First is respect, because they are all children of God. Second
is caring for them and doing what we can, even to the extent
of giving up our lives, so that they experience the love of
God and are able to move forward in their lives in the Lord,
because we are our brothers’ keepers. Thus we “conduct
(our) affairs with justice” (Ps 112:5b). Thus are we
to be “gracious, merciful, and just” (Ps 112:4b).
Third is the gospel of salvation in Jesus, because we as Christ’s
disciples have been tasked to bring this incredible good news
to the ends of the earth.
If we relate in the right way to God and man, loving them
according to the two greatest commandments cited by Jesus,
then we will experience God’s strength in our lives.
Because we are upright and just, we will be blessed. We will
become “a generation upright and blessed” (Ps
112:2b), and even our “descendants shall be mighty in
the land” (Ps 112:2a).
God can use us to become His light to the world, through our
work of evangelization. What we ought to desire is to bring
God’s salvation to others, to help dispel the darkness
that permeates the world. Such is the commission given to
all Jesus’ disciples. If we allow ourselves to become
God’s instruments, then we can expect to receive power
from the Holy Spirit to enable us to become His effective
witnesses (Acts 1:8). As such, we will “shine through
the darkness, a light for the upright” (Ps 112:4a).
we will experience the many blessings God has reserved for
His faithful people. This includes prosperity (Ps 112:3),
which is part and parcel of God’s covenant. This includes
perseverance and steadfastness, so much needed in a world
where there are so many challenges, oppressions and suffering.
Despite all these, we “shall never be shaken”
importantly, our hearts will always be at peace. We need not
be afraid of anything, because we know we are in God’s
loving hands. We “shall not fear an ill report; (for
our) hearts are steadfast, trusting the Lord.” (Ps 112:7).
Even when we suffer, we look to our suffering being redemptive,
and ultimately for our own good. Our “hearts are tranquil,
without fear” (Ps 112:8a), and we “shall never
be shaken” (Ps 112:6a).
And each of us can truly say: my God is now my strength!
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