FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
VIGILANT AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS
October 21, 2014
Today’s gospel: Luke 12:35-38
We are in the end times. The Lord is coming soon, but we know not when. Those who have been given a task are to be vigilant and faithful. “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” (v.37a).
What is our task? Our particular call and charism is evangelization founded on family renewal. We are to massively proclaim the gospel, and we are to build up strong families as foundation for this work. Why is this important? Because Jesus came to bring salvation for all, which he accomplished on the cross. Now for people to avail of that salvation, they need to put their faith in Jesus. For them to be able to do that, they need to hear the gospel preached. Who will do that? It is we who have met Christ and are living Christ who will be the ones to share Christ.
Now the great majority of Catholics (so not even to mention the pagans who have to be reached) are lapsed and non-practicing. The lost sheep are the 99 out of 100. Given 1.3 billion Catholics in the world, that means 1.287 billion. How does the Church reach them all? In the shortening time that is left?
This is why the Church has issued the call to the New Evangelization. And our lay response has been LCSC. Through this movement, basing the work in the parishes, the potential to reach most if not all is there.
Thus there is no time to lose. We cannot just restrict ourselves to what we have always been doing, as such work, though massive, is not massive enough. We cannot just focus on strengthening the community while holding back on CLSs or LCSs (we should do both!). We cannot just lounge in the Country Club relaxing and enjoying ourselves (there will be time enough for that, especially as respite from really hard work).
So “gird your loins and light your lamps” (v.35). Let that light shine forth in the lives of many others. Let us “be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.” (v.36). Let us be eager to open the door, knowing we have not been remiss, that we have worked tirelessly to prepare for his arrival.
And what will Jesus do when he does arrive? “Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.” (v.37b). We would then have served him all this time. So when he comes, he in turn will serve us.
Be prepared, do the work, and thus be blessed. “And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.” (v,38).
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