THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
The angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear Jesus
(Lk 1:26-30), who would be the Savior of the world. With her
yes, Mary becomes engaged in spiritual warfare. It would be
the start of the fulfillment of the prophecy at Eden, where
God tells the serpent that his head would be crushed by the
woman and her offspring (see Gn 3:15).
greeted Mary thus, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with
you.” (Lk 1:28). Much earlier in salvation history,
Uzziah also greeted Judith thus, “Blessed are you, daughter,
by the Most High God, above all the women on earth”
(Jdt 13:18a). This was after she had beheaded Holofernes and
thus saved the people of God. Thus Uzziah exulted, “blessed
be the Lord God, the creator of heaven and earth, who guided
your blow at the head of the leader of our enemies.”
confirmed what he told Mary with the sign of her aged and
barren relative Elizabeth becoming pregnant (Lk 1:36). Elizabeth
would give birth to John, who became the Baptist, and who
would be beheaded by Herod due to his preaching the good news
of the kingdom of God.
John the Baptist, Mary, Jesus -- warriors all. Engaged in
a life-and-death struggle with the evil one. Now we too are
to be similarly engaged. We are to be instruments of salvation
for God’s people.
in spiritual warfare, we may lose our lives, as John was beheaded.
But as instruments of God like Judith, we behead the enemy
of God’s people. As victory already belongs to the Lord,
we participate in lopping off the head of the serpent.