THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
FAITH BRINGS HEALING AND PEACE
Faith indeed does work wonders. Because of the centurion’s
faith, Jesus healed his servant by “remote control.”
Nothing is impossible for God. God can cause the nations to
“beat their swords into plowshares and their spears
into pruning hooks.” (Is 2:4b). God brings healing and
needs to happen? We need to “walk in the light of the
Lord!” (Is 2:5). For that to happen, we need to allow
the Lord to “instruct us in his ways, and we may walk
in his paths.” (Is 2:3c). For that to happen, we need
to enter into the presence of God and be part of His people.
“Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the
house of the God of Jacob” (Is 2:3b).
all that to happen, we need to BE.LI.EV.E!
When we put our faith in Jesus, then God will reign in our
lives. Then as King “He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.” (Is 2:4a). With God
as Lord and Ruler, then “one nation shall not raise
the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.”
is not the situation in the land where Jesus walked. The conflict
in the Holy Land seems impossible to settle. Nations are preparing
for war. Israel against Hamas and Iran; the Arab nations against
Israel. The UN recognizing Palestine; Israel expanding its
settlements in occupied land. The Syrian civil war spilling
over into Lebanon. The Muslim Brotherhood governing Egypt
supporting Hamas. How can it happen that “all nations
shall stream toward” the mountain of the Lord’s
house? (Is 2:2c).
can only happen through faith in Jesus. Both Muslims and Jews
reject Jesus as God and Messiah. Indeed, many Christians do
too. If only the world accepted the lordship of Jesus, then
they will be guided as to the way of true peace. “For
from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem.” (Is 2:3d).
This is the mission of God’s people. This is missio
ad gentes. But before Christians can effectively bring Christ
to pagans, they need to themselves live lives of true faith.
They need to BE.LI.EV.E!
many Christians do not have the faith of the centurion. They
have not allowed Jesus to “enter under (their) roof”
(Mt 8:8b). They keep Jesus out, or at arm’s length,
often to be connected with only in times of need. Many Christians
do not look to the imperishable word of God and expect healing
from that word (Mt 8:8c). For fulfillment and wellness they
look to the world, including New Age religions. Many Christians
have not placed themselves “subject to authority”
(Mt 8:9a) under Jesus. They live their own lives, make their
own rules, have their own agenda, follow their own priorities.
many Christians do not obey the Person who is their Lord and
Master. Jesus tells his disciples to follow him but they do
not. Jesus tells his disciples to evangelize but they do not.
So Jesus is constrained from speaking like the centurion,
who said: “And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he
goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
(Mt 8:9b). Perhaps that is why “when Jesus heard this,
he was amazed” (Mt 8:10a). Perhaps Jesus would say to
all of us, “to those following him, ‘Amen, I say
to you, in no one is Israel (Philippines, America, Europe,
etc.) have I found such faith.’” (Mt 8:10b). How
sad and heart-breaking that is.
So we start with ourselves. We truly BE.LI.EV.E!
As we have faith, we obey. As we meet Christ, we live Christ
and we share Christ. We spread the faith, first and foremost
within the Catholic Church herself, then to the nations of
the world. We must live Christ and share Christ with a passion.
We must know that faith works wonders.
perhaps it will be as Jesus said, “I say to you, many
will come from the east and the west, and will recline with
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of
heaven” (Mt 8:11). O what a glorious day that will be!
“I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to
the house of the Lord.’” (Ps 122:1).
all peoples and all nations can say to one another: “May
peace be yours. May blessings be yours.” (Ps 122:8b,9b).