THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
GOD’S COVENANT AND THE POOR
Today’s psalm: Psalm 111:1-10
Today’s psalm praises God and His great works. Who benefits
from God’s great works? His people. “He showed
his powerful deeds to his people” (v.6a). Who are God’s
people? Those who are in covenant with Him.
in considering His covenant with His people, God looks to
providing for His people’s needs. God looks to the poor.
“He gives food to those who fear him, he remembers his
covenant forever.” (v.5). “He sent release to
his people, decreed his covenant forever” (v.9a).
covenant with Israel, given through Moses, contained lots
of prescriptions for caring for the poor.
reiterated this emphasis, proclaiming his mission “to
bring glad tidings to the poor .... to proclaim liberty to
captives and .... to let the oppressed go free” (Lk
Church, the new Israel, reiterated this emphasis, during the
Council of Jerusalem, when the mission to the Gentiles was
proclaimed. “Only, we were to be mindful of the poor”
the centuries, the Catholic Church has done massive work with
the poor. The Church pioneered formal education, enabling
the largely ignorant masses of avenues for learning. The Church
pioneered formal health care systems, enabling the sick to
be cared for. Even today, the Catholic Church is the largest
social action organization in the whole world.
the last decades, the Church reiterated her desire and mission
to build the Church of the Poor. Now we have a pope, Pope
Francis, who is a recognized man of the poor, who desires
that the Church be one that is poor and minister to the poor.
is the holy and apostolic Roman Catholic Church, of which
we are a part. As such, one of our 7 Core Values is “Living
a Preferential Option for the Poor.” And this year,
our theme is “Look at Jesus, Look to the Poor.”
are God’s covenanted people, and the poor are His covenanted
people. Let us give our all in doing our works of evangelization,
especially in the peripheries, and our work with the poor,
bring God’s salvation and love to His people.