THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
LIBERATION FOR THE POOR, SALVATION FOR US
Today’s gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
There are so many people in need in the world today. The most
in need are the poor. They are those who do not have food
(or not enough of it), those who are marginalized and in the
peripheries of society, those without adequate clothing and
shelter, those who are sick, those in prisons. They are neglected
by the world at large, and even considered dregs of society,
whom the high and mighty would want to just get rid of.
there are enough resources in the world to meet the needs
of the whole world population. Why then is there poverty?
Because a few (both individuals and nations) take the bulk
of the resources just for themselves. What then is the solution
to poverty? It is when people learn how to value all others,
and then share with them what God has provided.
is a call not just to the rich and powerful, but to all Christians.
We are to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcome
to the stranger, clothing to the naked, care for the sick,
and visitation to those in prison (v.35-36).
God considers this as of such importance that Jesus identifies
himself with such poor. “Amen, I say to you, whatever
you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did to
me.” (v.40). Is that not enough motivation to care for
the poor? If it is hard to love the poor, it is easy enough
to love God. We just need to realize that love for God translates
itself directly to love for the poor, whom God loves and has
a preferential option for.
that is often not enough for people in the world who are naturally
selfish and hard-hearted. We then need to know that there
will be consequences to our not ministering to the needs of
the poor. Since Jesus identifies directly with the poor, then
when we reject the poor we also reject Jesus. If we reject
Jesus, we will suffer the consequences, when at the end of
time he also rejects us, saying, “Depart from me, you
accursed” (v.41a). The consequences are dire, for we
would then be sent off “into the eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels.” (v.41b).
We in CFC-FFL are fortunate that God has given us the No One
in Need (NONe) movement. If we somehow are unable to directly
minister to the poor (though we should strive to do so), we
can help others to do so, especially our own community efforts
on behalf of the poor. We can provide money, contacts, prayers
we have extended this work with the poor to the whole Church
through LCSC and its Live Full pillar. In this our part is
to proclaim the gospel to all, particularly to lapsed Catholics.
As they meet Christ and start to live and share Christ, they
will also be introduced to the work of poverty alleviation.
is about the work of bringing salvation into the lives of
people. NONe is about ourselves experiencing such salvation,
when at the last judgment we look forward to being told by
the Lord to join the sheep and not the goats (v.31-34). “And
these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous
to eternal life.” (v.46).