THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
IS IT I, LORD?
During the Last Supper, Jesus dropped a bombshell. "Amen,
I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating
with me." (Mk 14:18). That was a shock, and the reaction
of the apostles was fast. One by one they said, "Surely
it is not I?"
it cannot be any of us who have been privileged to be in his
company for years. Surely it cannot be one of us who breaks
bread at table as friends and brothers. Surely it cannot be
one of us who recognize Jesus as Lord and who love him so
much. Surely it cannot be any of us who have gone on mission
in his name.
Don't be so sure.
We too, so long in community and in service to Jesus, can
betray him and his cause. When we fail to live out our covenant,
with no adequate reason. When we do not evangelize even as
we are called to do massive evangelization. When we speak
against our brethren, especially leaders, thereby weakening
the body. When we have factions or our own kingdoms, thereby
threatening the unity of the body. When we fail to support
our work with the Lord's money entrusted to us, thereby adversely
affecting our mission. When we fail to show proper respect
and submission to our leaders, the ones appointed by Jesus
through other leaders.
You get the drift.
Examine yourself. Really examine yourself. Put yourself under
the most stringent cross-examination. Do not justify what
you do. And it is not about the other person. It is just about
Jesus and you.
"Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, 'Surely it
is not I, Rabbi?' He answered, 'You have said so.'" (Mt
26:25). Judas missed his opportunity to repent and change
Let it not be the case with us. Rather, let us say, "Yes,
it is I, Lord."