THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
PASTURING THE SHEEP
In the call to the New Evangelization, we are to search for
the lost sheep, which are the 99 of the 100. These are the
people whom Jesus gave his life for. God loves the world and
wants everyone to come to salvation and make it to heaven.
Thus God says, “Look! I myself will search for my sheep
and examine them.” (Ez 34:11).
looks for the lost, all of whom He loves. They are both the
spiritually lost and the materially or emotionally deprived.
God created a wonderful world for everyone to live in, for
everyone to partake of the bounty He has provided. “In
good pastures I will pasture them; on the mountain heights
of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie
down on good grazing ground; in rich pastures they will be
pastured on the mountains of Israel.” (Ez 34:14). With
the bountiful resources in the world God created, there should
be no one in need. But unfortunately there are. And many are
so God searches for His flock. “The lost I will search
out, the strays I will bring back, the injured I will bind
up, and the sick I will heal” (Ez 34:16a). Now God searches
for His sheep through us. We are the ones commissioned to
proclaim the gospel of salvation in Jesus. We stand in his
is quite a responsibility. We are already part of God’s
flock, and we are now to be His instruments. And because this
work is of utmost importance to God, then we will be held
accountable. “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord
God: I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams
and goats.” (Ez 34:17). This is precisely what Jesus
says about the end of time, at the judgment of the nations.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, with all the
angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and
all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will
separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the
sheep from the goats.” (Mt 25:31-32).
will judge us at the end of time. God will separate the sheep
from the goats. What will be the criterion? It is what we
did for the least of our brethren. Did we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, cloth the
naked, care for the ill, visit the prisoner? (Mt 25:35-36).
Those who did so will be rewarded. “Come, you who are
blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.” (Mt 25:34b).
something significant. It is Jesus who sends us, and so it
is Jesus whom we serve when we serve the poor. But much more
profoundly, Jesus identifies himself with the poor. “For
I was hungry ...., I was thirsty ....” When we serve
the poor, we not only do service for Jesus, but we serve Jesus
himself. Indeed we need to see Jesus in the faces of the poor
the year 2015, our focus will be on the poor, on building
the Church of the Poor. We will seek to understand more one
of our seven Core Values, Living a Preferential Option
for the Poor. This is challenging work. And our response
will have eternal consequences. The choice will be yours.
Be on the right or on the left; be among the sheep or among
the goats (Mt 25:33).