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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 7)

JUST LIKE JESUS

September 15, 2017
Today’s reading: Hebrews 5:7-9


Our being destined for greatness is due to the reality that we follow Jesus, the great King of kings and Lord of lords. We follow him all the way to heaven. On earth we are to be like him, and in heaven we are to be with him forever.

But Jesus is God and we are mere humans. Well, as we cannot raise ourselves to his level, he brought himself down to our level. Jesus became man. We are to be like him, but he became like us first (in all things except sin). Thus, “Son though he was” (v.8a), there were “the days when he was in the flesh” (v.7a).

Being destined for greatness is to partake of the ministry of Jesus, as priest, king and prophet. As such, we are called to holiness, servant leadership, and mission. We look to Jesus.

  • He was “declared by God high priest” (v.10a) and “he was made perfect” (v.9a). So too are we called to holiness and Christian perfection.
  • He was the suffering servant, the King who became a slave. “He learned obedience from what he suffered” (v.8b). We too as God’s workers will have to endure hardships and suffering, which will be salvific for us.
  • He was the prophet who proclaimed the gospel of the Kingdom. As such, “he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (v.9b). We too are called to do the work of evangelization and mission, helping people take on the salvation already won by Jesus for them.

To be destined for greatness is the loftiest of callings. As such it will not be easy. We are called to embrace the cross. We will have to endure and persevere. But God, who destined us for greatness, will be there for us. Again, we look to Jesus. “In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.” (v.7).

God wills it. So shall it be.

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