THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
EAT OR BE EATEN
March 10, 2020
To be built on Rock is to listen to and act on God’s
words. But many do not listen. Many do not know. Many listen
and know but do not act. Many act but wrongly.
were the Israelites that offered sacrifices and burnt offerings
according to the law, recited the commandments and professed
the covenant, but cast God’s words behind them (Ps 50:8,16-17).
They were with thieves and adulterers, and did deceitful speech
and slander (Ps 50:18-20). Then there were also the scribes
and Pharisees who preached the Mosaic law but did not practice
it (Mt 23:2-3).
rebuked them. “What do I care for the multitude of your
sacrifices? Trample my courts no more! Your new moons and
festivals I detest; Your hands are full of blood!” (Is
1:11a,13a,14a,15b). What does this say about God’s people
Priests who offer the sacrifice of the Mass but are into
that enter into churches to celebrate LGBT Masses.
Catholics that receive Holy Communion but are for abortion.
These are “festive convocations with wickedness”
are the consequences for such people?
God rejects their offerings. “To bring offerings is
useless; incense is an abomination to me.” (Is 1:13b).
will not listen to their prayers. “When you spread
out your hands, I will close my eyes to you; though you
pray the more, I will not listen.” (Is 1:15a).
How then are we to act on God’s words? “Wash yourselves
clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing
evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the
wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.”
listen to and act on God’s words, or to not listen to
or act on God’s words, will be a matter of life and
death for us. It will determine whether our house stands or
collapses. The choice is ours. “If you are willing,
and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land; but if
you refuse and resist, you shall be eaten by the sword”
(Is 1:19-20a). The choice is to eat or be eaten, between blessings
of prosperity or death and destruction.
listen to and act on God’s words brings us to where
God intends for us to be.
will care for us. We can fully trust in Him, especially
as we face the challenges to the Christian life. “Then
call on me on the day of distress; I will rescue you”
will bring us to fullness of salvation, both here and in
the hereafter. “I will let him whose way is steadfast
look upon the salvation of God.” (Ps 50:23b).
“You have but one teacher” (Mt 23:8b) so obey
him. “You have but one master, the Messiah.” (Mt
23:10b) so follow him. Be built on Rock.