THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
MORE AND MORE, LESS AND LESS
Today’s gospel: Mark 4:21-25
All Catholics, by virtue of the sacraments of Baptism and
Confirmation, are empowered to witness. The grace of baptism
enables us to grow in holiness, to be saints, and the grace
of Confirmation enables us to do mission, to be warriors.
Together, we are able to witness, to be martyrs.
most baptized and confirmed Catholics are not holy and do
not participate in the Church’s mission. They have not
acted and built upon the grace given to them. Thus they have
gone farther and farther away from God. Ultimately they may
lose it all. On the other hand, those who have allowed the
Spirit that is within them to act have moved on to become
saints and mighty warriors for the gospel.
brings us to the spiritual principle Jesus enunciated. “To
the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has
not, even what he has will be taken away.” (v.25). All
Catholics, being baptized and confirmed, start off with the
same graces. What they then do afterwards will determine whether
God’s intent for them will come to pass, or they go
in another direction away from God. For those who seek to
do God’s will, more graces will come. For those who
do not, whatever they have will be lost.
the parallel passage in Matthew (Mt 13:12), the immediate
preceding verse talks about knowledge of the mysteries of
the kingdom of heaven. God, being God, is a mystery. His works
and ways are a mystery. But there are many revelations (through
the Bible and the teachings of the Church), and God gives
further understanding to one who accepts the revealed mystery.
Such a one grows in knowing God and understanding His ways,
thus enabling him to respond even more fully, and the cycle
of growth continues, until he becomes a saint. One who does
not, on the other hand, continues in darkness and even gets
deeper into perdition.
the parallel passage in Luke (Lk 19:26), the immediate preceding
verses are about the parable of the ten gold coins. The servant
who invested his gold coin and earned ten additional ones
was given another gold coin, while the servant who did not
invest his gold coin had that one gold coin taken away. We
are to use the talents God gives us in order to further the
kingdom of God. We all start off with the same potential,
but how we use our gifts determine how much more, or less,
God will use us. God is about a mighty work, and those who
allow themselves to be His instruments will be used mightily
and empowered even more, while those who do not will lose
whatever they started with. God’s gifts and graces are
to be used for His purposes, and not be trifled with, ignored,
or just stored away.
And so Jesus tells us, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed
under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed
on a lampstand?” (v.21). Jesus tells us that we are
the light of the world. We should therefore let that light
shine forth for all to see. We must witness by our holy lives
and by our persistent proclamation of the gospel. “For
there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing
is secret except to come to light.” (v.22). The hidden,
mysterious grace conferred upon us must manifest itself by
our works and deeds.
are empowered to witness. How will you respond? Remember the
spiritual principles. You reap what you sow. You grow rich
as you give more of yourself. “The measure with which
you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will
be given to you.” (v.24b).