(Part 24)


February 3, 2015

Today’s psalm: Psalm 22:26-32

“The poor will eat their fill” (v.27a). The icon of poverty is an empty stomach. The contrary then is a full stomach. This can happen as we build the Church of the Poor, where no one is in need. The poor will be filled. They will be full. They will be full-filled. They will live full. We can help bring this about as we continue with the mission God has given us.

What is that mission? It is evangelization founded on family renewal. The two are crucial. We don’t just proclaim the gospel but we build strong families. We don’t just renew our own families but we evangelize many others.

Our evangelization is rapid, massive and worldwide. In particular, we look to lapsed Catholics. What is our goal? “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord” (v.28a). We work such that Catholics throughout the world will be re-introduced to their faith and will meet Christ anew, so that they will remember the faith of their youth and turn back to the Lord.

Now within our own families, we bring in not just our children but our children’s children. If we ensure not just the next generation but also the generation after that, and our own children will do the same for their children and grandchildren, then we can be assured of continuity of vibrant faith, and even the life and mission of our community, until the Lord returns. We have our renewed faith in Jesus, which we pass on and help ingrain into our children. “And I will live for the Lord, my descendants will serve you.” (v.31).

We have this vision for continuity of family renewal even before we have children. “The generation to come will be told of the Lord” (v.32a). And we will impart this vision to our children even before they have their own children, “that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought.” (v.32b).

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