THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
JESUS: A CAUSE OF DIVISION
We as the people of God are called to unity, as we are one
body in Christ. There must be unity between husband and wife,
among family members, among brethren and leaders in Christian
communities, and in the universal Church. Unity enables us
to accomplish our divine purposes according to the plan and
will of God.
God’s people are divided, with divorce between husband
and wife, splits in Christian communities, and schism in the
Church. What causes such divisions? It is Jesus! What? Is
he not the Prince of Peace? Is it not his one body we belong
to? Yes, but the division comes when brethren do not accept
him, when leaders have their own agenda apart from his, when
people prefer to follow the enemy rather than him. Thus Jesus
says, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace
on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Lk
will be deeply divided (Lk 12:53). Families and communities
will be divided. “From now on a household of five will
be divided, three against two and two against three”
(Lk 12:52). This has happened so many times, over and over
again, in families, Christian communities, religious congregations
and the Church herself. There are those who will accept the
gospel message and those who will reject it.
can we be united?
we need to subject our lives to God and be connected with
Him in intimate prayer. “For this reason I kneel before
the Father” (Eph 3:14). We need to live in the Son,
so “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith”
and be “rooted and grounded in love” (Eph 3:17).
we must know that all families belong to the one family of
God. It is God “from whom every family in heaven and
on earth is named” (Eph 3:15). All children of God must
live in the love of Christ and grow in the fullness of the
Trinity, to “comprehend with all the holy ones what
is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know
the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may
be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:18-19).
we act as such, then we will be united. Then God can use His
body the Church as His instrument to bring the gospel to everyone,
to the ends of the earth. “Let all the earth fear the
Lord; let all who dwell in the world show him reverence.”
came to bring love and peace. This can only happen on earth
if God is at the center. “Blessed is the nation whose
God is the Lord” (Ps 33:12a). The nations will have
to accept Christ. This now is our task, the work of evangelization.
This is what is deepest in the heart of Jesus. “I have
come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already
blazing!” (Lk 12:49).