THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
1 Corinthians 3:9-17
“For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s
field, God’s building.” (1 Cor 3:9). Here are
two absolutely amazing realities for a Christian. One, we
are the temple of God, and this is why we are called to be
holy as God is holy, “for the temple of God, which you
are, is holy.” (1 Cor 3:17b). Two, we are the co-workers
of God, tasked to do divine work, accomplishing divine purposes,
toward a divine end.
are the ramifications for us if we indeed are the temple of
God? How is the temple of God to be? Jesus cleansed the temple,
driving out the animals and money-changers (Jn 2:14-15). Now
what the money-changers and sellers of doves were doing were
connected with temple worship. But the true focus for the
temple had been lost. “Take these out of here, and stop
making my Father’s house a marketplace.” (Jn 2:16).
The temple, intended for worship and holiness, had become
a secular marketplace.
about us? We love and serve God and strive to live our lives
as Christians. But how much of mammon have we allowed to dominate
our lives? What is the place of God in our hearts and minds?
Just a small part, and even then oftentimes sidelined by worldly
priorities and preferences?
actually would God want to happen? God wants to enter deeply
into our lives. Jesus wants to literally dwell in our bodies
as we accept him in the Eucharist. What a glorious situation!
“And there the glory of the Lord filled the temple!”
(Ez 43:5b). God in us! God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel
about the temple: “Here I will dwell among the Israelites
forever.” (Ez 43:7b). Now for us, people of the new
Israel, the temple is not just a physical place, but our very
own bodies. And so the call to holiness. “The house
of Israel .... will never again defile my holy name”
are called to deep worship, with the very Spirit of God in
us. To become truly God’s temple, our total focus is
on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as “no one can
lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely,
Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3:11).
are called to do the work of evangelization, as we are God’s
co-workers. In this we function as a body, being of one heart
and mind, united in vision and mission. We use our gifts and
build on one another’s work. “According to the
grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid
a foundation, and another is building upon it.” (1 Cor
3:10). One speaks to the one being evangelized, another prays
and intercedes, another leads a discussion group in the CLS/LCS,
another gives the talk, another counsels, and so on.
are called to be mindful of our stewardship. “But each
one must be careful how he builds upon it” (1 Cor 3:10b).
We will be held accountable for such a great privilege. “If
anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to
light” (1 Cor 3:12-13a). Our reward will depend on our
work. “If the work stands that someone built upon the
foundation, that person will receive a wage.” (1 Cor
are on an earthly pilgrimage. We are making our way to heaven.
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Ps 122:1b).
“There the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as
it was decreed for Israel” (Ps 122:4a).
these realities, how should we conduct ourselves? We face
a basic question: “Do you not know that you are the
temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
(1 Cor 3:16). Thus we respond with great joy and fidelity.
And with great zeal for the work of the Kingdom. “Zeal
for your house will consume me.” (Jn 2:17). Zeal for
holiness. Zeal for the work of evangelization. Zeal in working
our way to heaven.
our life and work be such that there will be no one in need,
as we go about the Lord’s work. May peace and prosperity
be upon all. “May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity
within your towers.” (Ps 122:7).