THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
INSPIRED BY ELIJAH
Jesus said of Elijah the prophet: “Elijah will indeed
come and restore all things” (Mt 17:11). Elijah was
a great prophet. Ben Sira extolled Elijah: “How awesome
are you, Elijah! Whose glory is equal to yours?” (Sir
48:4). Elijah did come, in the person of John the Baptist
(Mt 17:12-13). Now John was used by God to prepare the way
of the Lord Jesus. We too have been given that task, looking
to the second coming of Christ.
can only follow in the footsteps of Elijah and John the Baptist
if we are founded on the Rock that is Christ.
are Missionary Families of Christ. We are destined to serve
Christ and prepare the way for his return. We are to follow
in the way of Elijah, of whom it was said: “You are
destined, it is written, in time to come ….” (Sir
48:10a). To do what?
“to re-establish the tribes of Israel” (Sir 48:10d).
We as MFC are “of Christ.” We belong to Christ.
All God’s people belong to him. But in today’s
world, many Christians are lost. Many Catholics are lapsed.
There is growing apostasy. We need to help re-establish God’s
dominion over His people, starting with ourselves. We need
to help our Church recover her sanctity as well as her missionary
“to turn back the hearts of parents toward their children”
(Sir 48:10c). We as MFC are “Families.” Marriage
and family are God’s design. The family is the basic
unit of society and of the Church. The strength of society
and the Church depends on the strength, stability and spirituality
of families. But in today’s world, Christian marriage
and the family are viciously assaulted and have been disintegrating.
Many married couples do not want to have children. Some abort
their unborn children. Many parents neglect their parental
duties. We need to renew the family and defend life. We need
to strengthen marriages, starting with ourselves.
“to put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord”
(Sir 48:10b). We as MFC are “Missionary.” We exist
for mission. The Church of which we are a part is missionary.
The proclamation of the gospel is the most important aspect
of our work, as commanded by Jesus himself. But in today’s
world, we are incurring the wrath of God, as the extent of
evil spreads and deepens. Many souls are being lost. When
the Son of Man returns, will he find faith on earth? And so
we do our work before the day of the Lord. This task is urgent
and critical, as the eternal destination of souls is at stake.
ministry has been associated with fire. “Until like
fire a prophet appeared, his words a flaming furnace.”
(Sir 48:1). “By God’s word he …. three times
brought down fire.” (Sir 48:3). And he was “taken
aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses.”
(Sir 48:9). Now Jesus came to set the earth on fire and wished
that it were already blazing. Fire came upon the disciples
on the day of Pentecost. In the same way, we must be fired
up by the Spirit. We must be blazing with anger at the work
of the enemy, and consumed with zeal for the work of the Lord.
pray for the restoration of God’s people and of our
Church. We pray for salvation for ourselves, for our families,
and for the people of God. We pray to be empowered as God’s
holy warriors. “Stir up your power, and come to save
us. O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be
saved.” (Ps 80:3b-4).
The verse numbers in the New American Bible follow the Hebrew
numbering and are a verse ahead as against the numbering in
the Greek Psalter, because the superscriptions are counted as
a verse. Thus other translations would have the following reading
for today: Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19.
THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2020
GREATER THAN JOHN THE BAPTIST
December 15, 2019
Today’s gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
Jesus makes a striking statement: “Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women there has been none greater than
John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is
greater than he.” (v.11). The least in the Kingdom are
we Christians. John’s greatness lay in his task of announcing
the imminence of the Kingdom, but we are in the Kingdom. John
had the great honor of being the herald of the coming of the
Savior, but we are those saved by Jesus and who inherit the
Kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world.
greatness is in our being founded on the Rock that is Christ.
For us in the community of Missionary Families of Christ,
our greatness will be manifest as we live out our calling
and remain true to our name.
are “of Christ.” John was a messenger who pointed
to Christ, but we belong to Christ, who are sent forth as
his messengers as well. John was the forerunner of the Messiah,
but we as disciples are the runners of Christ.
are “Families.” John was a cousin of Jesus, being
born of Elizabeth who was a relative of Mary, but we are brothers
of Jesus and children of Mary. John met Jesus while both of
them were in the wombs of their mothers and later met Jesus
in the Jordan, but we meet Christ and live with him every
day of our lives, and he is with us always until the end of
are “Missionary.” John prepared the way for the
coming of Jesus (v.10), but we prepare the way for his second
coming. John baptized with water for repentance, but we are
used as instruments by Jesus to baptize with the Holy Spirit
and fire.John preached in the spirit and power of the great
prophet Elijah, but we preach in the power of the Spirit of
God. John preached in the whole region of the Jordan, but
we are sent to the ends of the earth.
have been destined for greatness. It happens as we are founded
on the Rock that is Christ.