THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
THE CHURCH AT WAR
Today’s gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Our Church today is in crisis. Many Catholics are lapsed (99
of the 100 sheep are lost), many have accepted the culture
of death (contraception, divorce, abortion, same-sex), there
is division among our prelates (conservatives versus liberals).
Seeing this, many people say, nothing to worry, the Church
will always stand. Their basis for this is the assurance of
Jesus himself about his Church, that “the gates of the
netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (v.18a).
Well and good. But there are two things that are not quite
the question is not whether the Church will stand and be victorious
at the end (that is a given), but the question should be:
how big will the Church be at the end? How many Catholics
will be saved or lost? Will the Church at the end be a little
flock? As such, we should have a great sense of urgency, that
leads us to zealously pursue the work of evangelization.
the quoted passage is not about the kingdom of darkness attacking
the Church but not prevailing (that is true), but about the
Church attacking the enemy and prevailing. Gates are for defense,
not offense. Gates do not attack; they are attacked. So again,
our Church cannot just be complacent or stand idly by while
the enemy consistently and persistently assaults us. Rather,
we take the fight to the enemy, vigorously engaging in spiritual
to the New Evangelization!