THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
THE GOD WHO EMPOWERS
December 11, 2013
Today’s reading: Isaiah 40:25-31
The call to the New Evangelization is a call to be a witness--silent
witness through a holy life, and vocal witness through proclamation
of the gospel. Both are challenging. Both cannot be done on
mere human effort or strength. But the God who calls us also
can we expect from God, as we respond to the call?
is for us to know who God is. “The Lord is God from
of old, creator of the ends of the earth.” (v.28b).
God is the Ancient of Days. God is the eternal Creator. In
Him resides all power. For Him nothing is impossible. He created
everything and found it very good. But sin and corruption
entered. So God restores, through Jesus and now through our
work. The Creator of the ends of the earth sends us to the
ends of the earth, His whole dominion.
God empowers us in our weakness. “He gives power to
the faint, abundant strength to the weak.” (v.29). God
knows we are weak human flesh. Still, He calls, chooses, anoints
and sends us forth. God knows what He is doing. He just needs
willing instruments, since He will provide the empowerment.
So we must not look at ourselves and see the sad reality of
weak sinful humanity, that easily grows faint, but rather
look to God who is all powerful. “He does not faint
or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.”
we are to be part of God’s army in the spiritual war
raging in the world today. “He leads out their army
and numbers them, calling them all by name.” (v.26b).
Even now God is reading out the recruitment list, calling
each one by name. Are we there standing in formation, ready
to shout “Here”? Or are we preoccupied with many
other things, including our own priorities, unmindful of the
army being raised and the war to be fought? We are to be soldiers
of Christ. We are to be part of the holy army of God, which
He Himself will lead into battle. May it be said of us, “By
his great might and the strength of his power not one of them
is missing!” (v.26c).
if we put our hope and trust in our Commander-in-Chief, then
we will be equipped and empowered and will do greater works.
“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
they will soar on eagles’ wings” (v.31a). With
faith in Jesus we will be able to do the works that he did,
and even more. We will perform signs and wonders. We will
soar to great heights of service, and do a massive work of
worldwide evangelization. We “will run and not grow
weary, walk and not grow faint.” (v.31b). We will run
the race and finish it. We will walk our talk. We will endure
and persevere, moving forward with ever increasing fervor.
The Church has issued the call to the New Evangelization.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?” (v.28a).
If you know and have heard, how have you responded? If you
have responded, and as you go through the challenges of living
the call, where “young men faint and grow weary, and
youths stagger and fall” (v.30), keep your eyes fixed
on Jesus, and in faith believe that he who calls you is able
to empower you to be his witness. “Lift up your eyes
on high and see who created these” (v.26a).
to the New Evangelization!