THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
CONCERN FOR FAMILY AND CHURCH
Today’s reading: Haggai 1:1-8
Before Haggai’s prophetic call to rebuild the temple,
the people had said: “Now is not the time to rebuild
the house of the Lord.” (v.2). They had other priorities.
That seems to be the case with most Catholics today. Our Church
is a missionary Church, but most of her members are not doing
mission. Most are involved in secular affairs. But even for
those involved in Church work, there is more emphasis on maintenance
rather than mission. There is also more emphasis on social
justice issues such as immigration and climate change rather
than issues of sexual morality and the onslaught of modernism
result is tragic. We are losing Catholics by the day. 99 of
the 100 sheep are lost.
the world continues to be steeped in darkness and sin. We
are not seeing the prosperity that should come to God’s
covenanted people. Our societies are beset by poverty, criminality,
corruption, environmental degradation, etc. There is widespread
depression, dissatisfaction and desolation. “You have
sown much, but have brought in little; you have eaten, but
have not been satisfied; you have drunk, but have not become
intoxicated; you have clothed yourselves, but have not been
warmed; and the hired worker labors for a bag full of holes.”
what you are doing and consider the situation. Stop just going
through the motions of life but not reaping what God intends
for you. “Now thus says the Lord of hosts: Reflect on
your experience!” (v.5). Why is it that “you expected
much, but it came to little” (v.9a). Why is it that
God seems to be absent in your life and your endeavors? “And
what you brought home, I blew away.” (v.9b). “Why
is this?” (v.9c).
is the reason: “Because my house is the one which lies
in ruins, while each of you runs to your own house.”
(v.9d). What is the reason? You have your priorities wrong.
You take care of your own but not what belongs to God. You
build and improve your own house while the house of God, His
Church, is being eroded. You reside in your comfortable homes
while the Church of God is deteriorating. “Is it time
for you to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies
in ruins?” (v.4).
We are naturally concerned about our home and family. We naturally
spend much time and effort on the well-being of our loved
ones, including going about our secular work. But that cannot
be our only concern. It should not even be our top concern.
We are families on mission. Our main concern should be the
work of God done by His body on earth. We are to “build
the house that I may be pleased with it, and that I may be
glorified, says the Lord.” (v.8b).
if we take care of our own home and family, but neglect to
do the work of the Church, especially in the area of evangelization
and mission, then we endanger our own families. The world
out there is very antagonistic to marriage and family, and
unless we bring Christ into that world, it will bring darkness
and ruin into our homes.
is a servant to the Church. LCSC is a servant of the Church.
God’s grace and blessings come as we live out our authentic
charism and call. This is what we have experienced all these
years. But there is much more that needs to be done, especially
in rebuilding our Church.
says the Lord of hosts: Reflect on your experience!”