THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
MERCY AND THE EUCHARIST AND EVANGELIZATION
God is a God of mercy. “His mercy for us is strong”
(Ps 117:2a). His mercy is so strong that, knowing we could
never on our own rise above our transgressions, He sent His
very own Son to suffer and die for us on the cross, and thus
paid the price for our sins and win for us our salvation.
So Jesus has already won for us our salvation. But many are
still not experiencing that salvation in their lives, and
will still not make it to heaven. And so God provides something
to draw us to Himself, to strengthen us, to continue to remind
us of His mercy, to teach us His ways. That is the Eucharist,
and specifically holy Communion.
Eucharist gives us life, the very life of Christ. “Amen,
amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of
Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”
(Jn 6:53). The Eucharist will help bring us to heaven, to
life with God that is eternal. “Whoever eats my flesh
and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him
on the last day.” (Jn 6:54). Holy Communion makes our
bodies temples of the Holy Spirit, as Christ himself enters
our bodies physically. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks
my blood remains in me and I in him.” (Jn 6:56).
Jesus came to save everyone. And if we are saved, we need
to be instruments of salvation for others. This is the work
of evangelization. God calls everyone, even the greatest sinners.
This is what happened to Saul. Because of Jesus’ direct
intervention in his life, he moved from “breathing murderous
threats against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1)
and trying to “bring them back to Jerusalem in chains”
(Acts 9:2c) to being “a chosen instrument of (Jesus)
to carry (his) name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites”
(Acts 9:15). If God can powerfully use a great sinner like
Saul, then He can use you.
has been merciful to us. God desires everyone to experience
His mercy. We bring God’s mercy to others as we proclaim
Christ to them and help them live their lives in Christ. We
are God’s mercynaries.
us go to the ends of the earth to proclaim Christ and the
salvation that he brings. May all peoples turn to faith in
Jesus, and experience the fullness of God’s mercy. “Praise
the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!”