THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
JUSTICE FOR THE POOR
The whole world wants peace and prosperity. What can bring
these about? It is justice. Justice is giving to the other
person what is his due. What is a person’s due? It is
respect, dignity and an equitable share of the world’s
should work for justice, especially governments. These exist
to serve its citizens. But justice is also the great concern
of the Church, which works to serve the citizens of the Kingdom.
Now the greater numbers of the world’s population are
poor, and they are the ones deprived of justice and are oppressed.
the ideal Davidic king, who ultimately is the Lord Jesus himself,
is one filled with the Spirit and imbued by spiritual gifts
(Is 11:2-3a), who has a preferential option for the poor.
“But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide
fairly for the land’s afflicted.” (Is 11:4a).
“Justice shall be the band around his waist” (Is
Leaders, both secular and spiritual, should be dispensers
of justice. “O God, give your judgment to the king;
your justice to the king’s son; that he may govern your
people with justice, your oppressed with right judgment”
(Ps 72:2). What is the result of justice?
for and protection of the poor. “For he rescues the
poor when they cry out, the oppressed who have no one to
help. He shows pity to the needy and the poor and saves
the lives of the poor. From extortion and violence he redeems
them, for precious is their blood in his sight.” (Ps
of oppression. “That he may defend the oppressed among
the people, save the children of the poor and crush the
oppressor.” (Ps 72:4).
of crime, harm and destruction. “They shall not harm
or destroy on all my holy mountain” (Is 11:9a).
“That the mountains may yield their bounty for the
people, and the hills great abundance” (Ps 72:3).
“That abundance may flourish in his days, great bounty”
(Ps 72:7a). “May wheat abound in the land, flourish
even on the mountain heights.” (Ps 72:16a).
and renown among the nations. “May the kings of Tarshish
and the islands bring tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba
offer gifts.” (Ps 72:10).
and absence of conflict among all peoples. Everyone will
get along with everyone else, even those who throughout
history have not gotten along, including those who have
been oppressors and victims, such as the wolf and the lamb,
the leopard and the young goat, the young lion and the calf,
the bear and the cow, the viper and the baby (Is 11:6-8).
important is the leaders’ role that we must pray constantly
for them. “Long may he live, .... prayed for without
cease, blessed day by day.” (Ps 72:15).
All leaders should desire the kind of life enumerated above.
But in the whole history of humankind, this has eluded our
grasp. How can it happen? God must be in the picture. We cannot
just do social action without spiritual input. People can
only look to justice if they are transformed by and renewed
in God’s Spirit.
so we do our work with the poor, and we do our work of massive
and worldwide evangelization. The two necessarily go together.
We share Christ so that the world might meet
Christ and start to live Christ,
so that “the earth shall be filled with knowledge of
the Lord, as water covers the sea.” (Is 11:9b).
all kings bow before him, all nations serve him.” (Ps