FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
THE CHURCH AT WAR
February 22, 2017
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 right.
First, 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.
Second, 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 warfare.
Onward to the New Evangelization!
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