THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
FAMILIES ON MISSION
September 8, 2018
has blessed us tremendously through all of 37 years, and especially
during these times. He has been merciful to us, He has saved
us, and He has poured out His bountiful blessings upon us.
“But I trust in your mercy. Grant my heart joy in your
salvation, I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt bountifully
with me!” (Ps 13:6). Our hearts must be full of joy.
has come through Jesus the Messiah, borne of the Virgin Mary,
as “she who is to give birth has borne.” (Mi 5:2b).
“Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.”
(Mt 1:16b). Jesus has taken “his place as shepherd by
the strength of the Lord, by the majestic name of the Lord,
his God” (Mi 5:3a). God is great, and Jesus is great,
“for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the
earth” (Mi 5:3b).
came to “save his people from their sins.” (Mt
1:21b). This is the work entrusted to his Church and to us.
We are God’s people, and we are to do God’s divine
work. That is greatness.We too, as God’s people, are
destined for greatness in Christ, as we help bring the salvation
of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
The Savior Jesus came through Mary, that is, through a family.
Jesus grew in grace and wisdom over 30 years in the family
home in Nazareth. This manifests the importance of the family
according to God’s divine plan. Then Jesus went on to
win our salvation.
so we as a community have been called to help renew the family,
and to do the work of evangelization. Our charism, from the
very start, has been evangelization founded on family renewal.
These are the two most crucial aspects of the life and work
of the Church today. We are to engage in rapid, massive and
worldwide evangelization, as we continue to work to renew
the family and to defend life.
And so our theme for 2019 is “Families on
Mission.” The theme verse is Joshua 24:15b.
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
begins with each and every one of us as individuals ….
“as for me.” This is the call to personal holiness
and total commitment to God.
it moves to the family …. “and my household.”
We are to build strong families in Christ.
the family can be used by God to do His divine work ….
“we will serve the Lord.” We are to be families
sent on mission.
is our life. This is our work. This is how God has destined
us for greatness in Christ.