THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
THE YEAR OF FAITH
Today’s reading: Galatians 3:1-5
The Year of Faith, as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, starts
today. The Year of Faith also jumpstarts the era of the New
Evangelization. This year we have taken faith as our theme,
which is “Faith Works Wonders!” taken from John
14:12. Our battle cry is BE.LI.EV.E!
work of evangelization is all about faith. It starts with
faith, its message is faith, it moves forward in faith. With
faith, God “supplies the Spirit to you and works mighty
deeds among you” (Gal 3:5). We receive the Holy Spirit,
who is given in order that we might be empowered to be witnesses
to Christ to the ends of the earth, and we are enabled to
work mighty deeds, even greater works than Jesus did. To effectively
proclaim Christ to a darkened world, faith is necessary.
has faith worked in our lives?
With faith, “before (our) eyes Jesus Christ was publicly
portrayed as crucified” (Gal 3:1b). Our faith rests
in Jesus who was crucified in order to win for us our salvation.
Our faith is all about Jesus, the cross, and the salvation
won by Jesus on the cross.
we came into faith “in what (we) heard” (Gal
3:2c). The faith was proclaimed. We heard this good news,
and by the grace of God we accepted. We were evangelized.
We met Christ. We became a friend of Jesus.
faith we have begun a life “with the Spirit”
(Gal 3:3b). The very Spirit of Jesus has come into our lives,
and we are led by the Spirit. We began to live Christ. We
lived the way of Jesus.
faith we “experience so many things” (Gal 4a).
We experienced many blessings, and profound transformation
of our lives. We even participated in the work of evangelization.
We began to share Christ. We evangelized in the name of
With faith, we BE.LI.EV.E! This is what
faith is all about.
us never lose sight of what faith is. We should not be bewitched
by false gospels. We must not rely on works of the law. We
are not to be stupid in not recognizing the great gift of
faith given us by God. We are to be careful that we do not
end with the flesh. God’s work in and through us must
never end in vain.