THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
JOB AND HIS FAMILY
October 6, 2018
was a righteous man whom the Lord allowed to be assaulted
by Satan. He lost everything, except his life. Job never turned
against the Lord, despite the seeming injustice he underwent.
But in the end, the Lord restored and even doubled his fortunes.
“After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years, and
he saw his children, his grandchildren, and even his great-grandchildren.”
most of us will not see our great-grandchildren, but we can
try to make the world a better place for them. This is basically
through the work of worldwide evangelization, as we strive
to bring as many people as we can to Christ, enabling him
to transform their lives.
we have all been called to the New Evangelization. But in
our Church, there is a lot of talk, mainly about social justice
issues and accommodation of sinners, but most Catholics fail
to understand the need of the times, which is spiritual renewal.
“I have spoken but did not understand; things too marvelous
for me, which I did not know.” (Jb 42:3b). Catholics
have not heard of, or do not understand, or do not know how
to handle, the call to the New Evangelization.
main element of the New Evangelization is the engagement of
God’s people in spiritual warfare, as they go about
evangelization and mission. In this war, we engage the enemy,
whom Jesus has already defeated. “I have observed Satan
fall like lightning from the sky.” (Lk 10:18). We share
in that victory, as the early disciples experienced. “Lord,
even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
(Lk 10:17b). Jesus, our Commander-in-Chief, urges us on. “Behold,
I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm
you.” (Lk 10:19). But of course, Satan can harm us,
as he did to Job. But God will always be there for us, and
we will be shielded from spiritual harm.
fact, another element of the New Evangelization is embrace
of the cross. The authentic gospel is the gospel of the cross.
Authentic Christians will be afflicted, but this will redound
to our good. “It was good for me to be afflicted, in
order to learn your statutes.” (Ps 119:71).
let us see and understand what the Spirit is telling and showing
us, in calling us to the New Evangelization. Then we can focus
on what is really essential and critical in the work of our
Church today, and God will not have to rebuke us: “Who
is this who obscures counsel with ignorance?” (Jb 42:3a).
Then Jesus can affirm us: “Blessed are the eyes that
see what you see.” (Lk 10:23). We keep our eyes fixed
on Jesus, and we see the work that the Holy Spirit desires
for us to do. It is all about salvation and making it to heaven.
“My eyes long to see your salvation and the promise
of your righteousness.” (Ps 119:123).
as we understand, then we say, “As for me and my household,
we will serve the Lord.” Then we can move forward with
confidence, knowing we are doing the best for our families
and for our Church. We look forward to our eternal reward
as we “rejoice because (our) names are written in heaven.”