THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
THE GOSPEL AND THE POOR
Our God is the great and awesome Creator. “He numbers
the stars, and gives to all of them their names. Great is
our Lord, vast in power” (Ps 147:4-5a). But this awesome
Creator-God is concerned with His creatures. They have strayed
from Him, and they have oppressed their own kind, especially
the poor. So what is God about? “The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem,
and gathers the dispersed of Israel, healing the brokenhearted,
and binding up their wounds.” (Ps 147:2-3). How can
the 99 lost sheep be brought back to the sheepfold; how can
the marginalized and deprived be restored? They need to meet
Christ, and start to live Christ.
This happens as we do the work of evangelization. We need
to share Christ. “Go rather to the
lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mt 10:6).
God has a special love for the poor. “The Lord gives
aid to the poor” (Ps 147:6a). How does God intend to
do that? Through us. Thus we minister to the poor. If only
the world cared for the poor, there would be no one
we evangelize the world, so that the world would in turn minister
to the needs of the poor.
“summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority”
(Mt 10:1a) to continue with his work. We too are commissioned.
“Jesus went around to all the towns and villages”
(Mt 9:35a). We too are to bring the gospel to the ends of
the earth. Jesus was “proclaiming the gospel of the
kingdom” (Mt 9:35c). We too are to do this missing first
step in evangelization, the proclamation of the gospel, the
kerygma, so that people might meet Christ.
Jesus was “curing every disease and illness.”
(Mt 9:35d). We too are to do the work of total human liberation,
helping bring healing to people, addressing their human needs,
so that there would be no one in need.
came in order to bring salvationredemption of the spirit
as well as liberation of the body. God sees His creatures
in darkness. Jesus sees his sheep scattered and lost. “At
the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for
them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep
without a shepherd.” (Mt 9:36). God is eager to minister
to His people. “Truly, the Lord is waiting to be gracious
to you, truly, he shall rise to show you mercy.” (Is
just need to cry out to God, and turn away from the idols
of our lives (Is 30:22). Then “He will be most gracious
to you when you cry out; as soon as he hears he will answer
you.” (Is 30:19b). He will show us the way we are to
go (Is 30:20b-21), on the straight and righteous path. He
will feed the hungry and afflicted poor (Is 30:20a). He will
bring physical well-being and prosperity, such as in agricultural
productivity (Is 30:23). Such will happen as “the Lord
binds up the wounds of his people” (Is 30:26c).
is much work to be done but not enough workers to do the work.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few”
(Mt 9:37). We need to harness parishes to participate fully
in the massive work of evangelization. We need to mainstream
Catholic lay evangelization. This is the aim of LCSC.
lists the names of the twelve apostles first called (Mt 10:2-4).
Now you are the one being called. May your name be included
in the list of those whom the Lord sends.