THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
IN THE WAY OF MARY
December 20, 2019
Today’s gospel: Luke 1:26-38
You have heard of the saying, “like father, like son.”
Indeed, we as children of God are called to be perfect as
the heavenly Father is perfect. But we also have our Blessed
Mother. Mary is the one human most intimate with God, as she
herself bore the Son of God. And we are to be like her in
how she responded to God’s call. In this way we can
be built on the Rock that is Christ.
was troubled with how the angel Gabriel greeted her and with
what he later told her. Indeed, to give birth without having
relations with a man was impossible. And she would give birth
to the great “Son of the Most High” (v.32a). But
how did Mary respond? “Behold, I am the handmaid of
the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
(v.38a). Mary was “of the Lord.” She was God’s
disciple and would do whatever the Master willed. In the same
way, we as MFC are “of Christ.” We belong to Jesus.
He is our Lord and Master. We do whatever he wills, even as
we might not fully understand what God intends to happen to
told Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and
bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” (v.31). In
God’s inscrutable wisdom, He would send His own Son
into the world through the (super)natural process of being
conceived, held in the womb of a woman for nine months, and
then be born in a family. In this way God was giving importance
to the family. Indeed, Jesus would stay in the family home
until he was thirty years old before embarking on his public
ministry. We too as MFC are about “Families.”
We were raised by God to help renew and strengthen families.
We have a womb-to-tomb family renewal ministry.
also told Mary that her Son “will rule over the house
of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
(v.33). Jesus would restore the Kingdom for the chosen people
of God, and he would reign forever. Now we as Christians are
the new Israel. We are the people of God. But today, the Kingdom
has been usurped by the evil one, who has dominion over the
world. Thus, just like Jesus, our work is that of restorationrestoring
the dominion of Jesus over the world, and helping restore
our Church as the authentic body of Christ on earth. This
happens as we do the work of evangelization and mission. Thus
we as MFC are “Missionary.”
As we look at how God intervened in the life of Mary and how
she responded, what should we learn about how to ourselves
respond to God’s call?
we must know that God works wonders through ordinary people.
Mary was an unknown person, living in a remote part of Israel,
in “a town of Galilee, called Nazareth.” (v.26).She
was just quietly going about her life, “betrothed to
a man named Joseph” (v.27a). Then suddenly she is told
she would bear a son who “will be great and will be
called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him
the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the
house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no
end.” (v.32-33). Wow! Are you over the shock yet? But
that is the way God works. He calls ordinary men and women
and works wonders in and through them. In the same way, we
in MFC are ordinary men and women, going about our private
lives, but then called by God. Even as we are in awe of how
God has chosen us, we must never put limits on what God can
accomplish through us, if only we allow Him to work His wonders.
we must give our yes to God and be obedient to His will. Mary
said, “May it be done to me according to your word.”
(v.38b). God cannot do anything through us if we do not allow
Him. He does not force us. He patiently calls, even pursues
us, but at the end of the day we still need to respond. In
the work of evangelization, Jesus has said that the harvest
is rich but the laborers are few. Did not Jesus come precisely
to bring about a great harvest? But the problem is that the
laborers that he is calling are not responding. And so the
fruit withers on the vine. As we are called and chosen, we
must humbly assent to God’s call, leave everything behind,
and give God the priority that is rightfully His.
we must not be afraid as we allow God to do His will in our
lives. Gabriel said to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.” (v.30). If we somehow
have found favor with God, then that is all that matters.
Then in using us, God will provide, protect and empower us.
God looks to instruments He can use. We must not limit what
God can do in and through us, especially if we are afraid
and so hold back. We must know that “nothing will be
impossible for God.” (v.37). Even Elizabeth who was
barren could conceive a son in her old age (v.36). In our
nothingness, we too can be used by God to bear good fruit.
Let God do His wonders, and just be awed at His works.
we must strive to grow in holiness, so that the power of God
may be in us and work through us. Gabriel told Mary, “The
holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most
High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will
be called holy, the Son of God.” (v.35). Mary passed
on her DNA to her Son Jesus. When we receive the body and
blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, we receive the DNA of both
Mary and Jesus. Both are holy. We too must be holy.
We as Missionary Families of Christ must be built on the Rock
that is Christ. This happens as we go the way of our Mother
Mary. We are holy warriors in the army of Mary.