THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
WITH GOD OR AGAINST GOD
Faith is such a wonderful virtue. By faith:
become “children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7).
are justified by God (Gal 3:8a).
“are blessed along with Abraham who had faith.”
“will live” (Gal 3:11b).
will “receive the promise of the Spirit” (Gal
With Abraham as our father, with being blessed along with
him, God would use us as instruments of blessing for the world.
“Through you shall all the nations be blessed.”
(Gal 3:8c). Faith connects us to God’s plan, starting
Abraham, throughout the history of salvation, God has worked
wonders by using human instruments. Among many others, there
were “Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel
and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, .... closed
the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, .... became strong
in battle, .... received back their dead through resurrection.”
(Heb 11:32-35a). Awesome deeds!
is so fitting for an awesome God. The works of the Lord are
great (Ps 111:2a), majestic and glorious (Ps 111:3a), wondrous
(Ps 111:4a), and powerful (Ps 111:6a). Among other things,
God gives His people “the lands of the nations.”
(Ps 111:6b). God uses His people to assault the dominion of
the evil one in the world, and “it is by the finger
of God that (we) drive out demons” (Lk 11:20a). God
uses us to take back the nations into His sheepfold.
such work, the work of evangelization, brings us into spiritual
warfare. We face a powerful enemy. The reality is that “a
strong man fully armed guards his palace” (Lk 11:21a).
But Jesus is stronger than Satan, Jesus is victorious over
Satan, and “when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes
him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes
the spoils.” (Lk 11:22). We are here to despoil Satan
and his dominion.
we have done so, once people have met Christ and experienced
transformation, there has to be continued formation so that
they live Christ. This is not only because the call is to
holiness and perfection, but because if one does not move
forward, he will move backward. And his condition might become
worse. The unclean spirit expelled from a person might return,
bringing back seven other spirits more wicked than itself
(Lk 11:24-26). This is what has happened basically to the
west, which were Christian nations that brought the faith
to the world, but now are very secular and even anti-faith.
As baptized pagans, as nominal Christians, they are worse
off than when they were unknowing pagans.
Thus the work of evangelization is crucial. And we need more
workers for the harvest. Thus those who have met Christ and
are living Christ should also share Christ. The evangelized
should become evangelizers.
New Evangelization is a crucial work of God in today’s
world. It is so crucial and important that we have one basic
choice, as Jesus says: “Whoever is not with me is against
me” (Lk 11:23a). There can be no fence sitters, or one
who blows neither hot nor cold, or one who is complacent and
comfortable, or one who has other personal priorities. There
is a divide in the world, and even within the Catholic Church,
and that is between the culture of life and the culture of
death. God expects us to make a stand, and He depends on His
people to do His work. If we do not respond, then the work
does not get done. If so, then we would be acting against
God’s interests. Either we decide to be with Jesus,
fight for the culture of life, do the work of evangelization,
or we in effect are against him. Not to decide to join Jesus
is to decide to remain in the camp of the enemy.
choice to respond to the Great Commission is stark as well.
Jesus says: “whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
(Lk 11:23b). If we do not participate in the work of gathering
the flock, then we in effect help in keeping them scattered,
easy prey for the enemy.
We are equipped by faith, and faith works wonders! As we put
our faith in Jesus, as we live by faith, as we work through
faith, we will drive out demons and despoil the enemy. Through
us, “the blessing of Abraham might be extended to the
Gentiles through Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:14a). We establish
God’s dominion in the lands of the nations.
faith in Jesus, we will indeed do greater works.