THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
LIVE AND SHARE CHRIST
We are empowered to witness? How are we empowered? What do
we witness to? We are empowered by Christ, and we witness
to Christ. These are all great mysteries, the very work of
God in us. It is all about Jesus.
It started when we accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, and
started to live his life in us. “So, as you received
Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him” (Col 2:6). We met
Christ, we are starting to live Christ, and we are tasked
to share Christ. To be empowered, we must be “rooted
in him and built upon him and established in the faith as
you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Col 2:7).
Jesus is the foundation, the only source, the cornerstone,
the vine apart from whom we can do nothing, the rock upon
which our whole life is built.
are empowered as we shun the world, as we let go of our human
desires and earthly ideas, as we disdain the pleasures the
fallen world offers, as we recognize our own feeble minds.
“See to it that no one captivate you with an empty,
seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according
to the elemental powers of the world and not according to
Christ.” (Col 2:8). The lure of the world is powerful
and seductive, and can easily captivate, even those who have
already chosen to follow Jesus. We must live only Christ.
How wonderful and mysterious is such life in Christ? How profound
is our association with Jesus?
“he brought you to life along with him” (Col 2:13b).
This is when “you were dead in transgressions”
(Col 2:13a). Jesus brought us from death to life!
“you were buried with him in baptism” (Col 2:12a).
Jesus humbly accepted baptism from John, and now gives us
the gift of baptism, by which we become Christians.
“in him you were also circumcised .... with the circumcision
of Christ.” (Col 2:11). Jesus was circumcised when presented
at the temple, to be part of God’s people Israel. We
too are circumcised, and integrated into the new Israel, the
very body of Jesus on earth. We are the people of God!
“in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
and you share in this fullness in him” (Col 2:9-10a).
Jesus is the Son of God who became man. We too are the children
of God. We are to reflect the very image and likeness of God
in which we were created. We are called to be other Christs.
We are to be holy as God is holy. We are to be perfect as
the heavenly Father is perfect.
Now when we allow all the above to happen to us (and that
is what Jesus wants to happen to us), then we will be empowered
to witness. When we proclaim the gospel and people come to
faith in Jesus, then we will be “despoiling the principalities
and the powers” (Col 2:15a). Remember, Jesus “is
the head of every principality and power” (Col 2:10b),
that is, all in the heavens and on earth are subject to his
power and authority. And we are his body! Jesus empowers us
to come against the kingdom of darkness, to make “a
public spectacle of them, leading them away in triumph by
it.” (Col 2:15b).
are empowered to witness to Jesus. And we want to work such
that many others accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, and become
his witnesses. One who meets and lives Christ must also share
and what is this Lord whom we meet? “Great is the Lord
and worthy of much praise, whose grandeur is beyond understanding.”
(Ps 145:3). Awesome is the Lord God Almighty! We must tell
the world of such a God. All the generations must do so. And
so we witness. We proclaim. We evangelize. We look forward
to the time when Catholic lay evangelization is mainstreamed,
as “one generation praises your deeds to the next and
proclaims your mighty works.” (Ps 145:4).
are witnesses. What does it mean to “witness”?
Aside from living Christ, it is sharing Christ. “They
speak of the splendor of your majestic glory, tell
of your wonderful deeds. They speak of the power of your awesome
acts and recount your great deeds. They celebrate
your abounding goodness and joyfully sing of your
justice. They speak of the glory of your reign and
tell of your mighty works.” (Ps 145:5-7).
We have been empowered to witness. Let us tell the
world of God’s mighty works, and let us also do
some of those works ourselves.