THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2012
FAMILY AND LIFE
The fullness of life has to do with family. According to the
plan of God, starting from creation, God intended the family
to be His instrument for life and for evangelization. Life
is the most basic value and right, since if there is no life
then there can follow nothing else. In turn, evangelization
is crucial to ensure that that life is lived according to
the very plan of God, to its fullest. Now the enemy knows
this too, and tries to destroy what is of God.
look at God’s plan from the very start. God takes a
man and a woman, and brings them together in marriage (Gen
2:18,24), and lets them raise a family. The enemy opposes
everything that is of God and tries to thwart God’s
plan. He does this in different ways, all in total contradiction
of God’s intent.
Through homosexuality and even same-sex marriage. Jesus
says that God’s design from the beginning was for
only two sexes--male and female, not lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transsexual, etc. “But from the beginning of creation,
‘God made them male and female.’” (Mk
divorce, or even convincing couples not to marry at all.
Jesus says that the man and the woman come together in holy
marriage, which no one can dissolve. “‘For this
reason a man shall leave his father and mother (and be joined
to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.’
So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what
God has joined together, no human being must separate.”
abortion. This comes with the mentality that children are
unwanted. Due to the lack of social standing of children
during Jesus’ time, even the disciples rebuked parents
who were bringing their children to Jesus (Mk 10:13). Today’s
society has brought such alienation and disdain for children
to its ultimate degree, that of preventing them from even
being born. But for Jesus, “he embraced them and blessed
them, placing his hands on them.” (Mk 10:16).
Today modern society has legalized abortion, divorce and same-sex
unions. That is to be expected, unfortunately, of a secular
humanist society that has embraced Modernism. However, what
is appalling is that even some elements of the Church are
no longer following God in His plan. Moses allowed divorce
“because of the hardness of your hearts” (Mk 10:5).
Today certain clerics and religious have become soft-hearted
in seeing spouses suffer due to infidelity, abuse, etc., and
so have embraced divorce. The disciples looked down on children
and did not consider them fit to come to Jesus. Today many
in the Church look on children as burdens and thus are unwanted,
and so have embraced contraception, sterilization and even
is needed today is clarity regarding God’s plan, a conviction
that such plan has not changed, and boldness to defend and
promote such plan. This is the task not only of clerics but
of all of us who are true pro-lifers. We must be clear and
firm in our teaching.
No to divorce. “Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.” (Mk 10:9).
to remarriage for those who have divorced (and have not
secured a declaration of nullity). “Whoever divorces
his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she
commits adultery.” (Mk 10:11-12).
to same-sex union/marriage. “But from the beginning
of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’”
to holy Matrimony, a lifelong union of two into one. “That
is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to
his wife, and the two of them become one body.” (Gen
to the desirability of children, whom God loves so much.
“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
to the blessings of a happy home. “Like a fruitful
vine your wife within your home, like olive plants your
children around your table.” (Ps 128:3).
Such is the good news that we proclaim as we evangelize.
Jesus came to save us, to restore us to fellowship with
the Father, to bring us back firmly to God’s eternal
plan. We “do see Jesus ‘crowned with glory and
honor’ because he suffered death” (Heb 2:9a).
Jesus died so that we might once again become part of God’s
family. And “he is not ashamed to call (us) ‘brothers’”
must we do? We choose life. We defend life. We celebrate life.
look to Almighty God who is Creator, who has an eternal plan
for us, and we live our lives in obedience to Him. “Happy
are all who fear the Lord, who walk in the ways of God.”
(Ps 128:1). When we do so, we can look to a good life, filled
with joy and prosperity. “What your hands provide you
will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper.” (Ps 128:2).
We can look to being blessed, down to the next generations.
“May the Lord bless you from Zion, all the days of your
life, that you may share Jerusalem’s joy and live to
see your children’s children.” (Ps 128:5-6a).
us never forget: we are God’s children, and as such,
we live in respect and obedience to the Father. Further, we
are stewards of the children that God wants to bring into
the world. We can never be for contraception, sterilization,
abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage, all of which the enemy
has designed to thwart God’s plan in bringing new life
into the world.
response has eternal consequences. “Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will
not enter it.” (Mk 10:15).
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