THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
FOR OR AGAINST GOD
Today’s gospel: Luke 11:14-23
Jesus laid forth a basic principle of unity, or rather disunity.
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.” (v.17b). If a Christian
community or parish or the Church herself is fragmented, with
factions within the one body against another, it will not
stand. It will be weakened and even overcome by the enemy.
is important to realize as we do God’s work, especially
the work of evangelization, which engages us in spiritual
war, in direct conflict with the evil one. The enemy is united
in its resolve to destroy what is of God. The enemy is focused,
deliberate, persistent. The enemy is strong. And the evil
one is expert in fomenting strife and disunity among our ranks.
our own, even if we were united, we cannot withstand the assaults
of the evil one. But praise be to God that we are on the side
of Christ, who is the stronger man. “But when one stronger
than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor
on which he relied and distributes the spoils.” (v.22).
Jesus has already overcome the strong enemy.
are we really on the side of Christ? Are we actively on the
side of Christ? Are we striving for holiness? Are we engaged
in spiritual warfare? Our position can only be either-or.
We cannot be lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. Jesus himself
tells us, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and
whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (v.23). If
we do not engage in the work of evangelization, striving to
gather the lost sheep, then we participate in the work of
the enemy, who keeps them scattered.