THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
EVANGELIZATION AND WORK WITH THE POOR
Today’s reading: Psalm 34:2-23
Evangelization and work with the poor are the two major works
of the Church. These two in fact are interconnected. They
go together. The Church’s concern is the total well-being
of peoplebody and soul, liberation and salvation, social
and spiritual. One without the other is incomplete.
Who are those whom the Lord hears when they cry out in their
need? Who are those whom the Lord rescues and saves? The poor
and the righteous. “This poor one cried out
and the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him.”
(v.7). “The righteous cry out, the Lord hears
and he rescues them from all their afflictions.” (v.18).
poor are in a dire situation, deprived of even basic things
in life. Many have lost hope. But there is always hope, because
God is there. God loves the poor. God has a preferential option
for the poor. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted,
saves those whose spirit is crushed.” (v.19).
the materially poor, what is even more important than physical
or material relief? It is salvation. It is not just about
the body but more importantly about the soul. It is not just
about a better life on earth, but the best life in heaven.
“My soul will glory in the Lord; let the poor hear and
be glad.” (v.3).
work in the New Evangelization is to proclaim the gospel of
salvation in Jesus and to minister to the needs of the poor.
This should be a massive work of the Church. What is the goal?
That there will be no one in need. This happens
as people turn to Jesus and receive his salvation and liberation.
Those who meet and know Christ will no longer
be in need. “The rich grow poor and go hungry, but those
who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (v.11). Those
who are in awe of God, those who start to live Christ,
will no longer be in need. “Fear the Lord, you his holy
ones; nothing is lacking to those who fear him.” (v.10).
our part, we share Christ. We help bring
people to Jesus and get them started on the path of righteousness.
We introduce the poor to Jesus who identifies intimately with
them. Thus can they begin to experience salvation and liberation.
Not all problems will go away. Challenges might even intensify.
But now they will have Jesus with them. He is their Savior.
“Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord
delivers him from them all.” (v.20).
world is a valley of tears. We cry out in our pain. But we
need to cry out to the One who can deliver us. “The
eyes of the Lord are directed toward the righteous and his
ears toward their cry.” (v.16). Then we will lack no