THE SERVANT GENERAL
again we will be entering into the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday
is on February 25, and we go all the way to Holy Week ending
on Easter Sunday which is on April 12. Lent of course is when
we go on repentance mode. We start on Ash Wednesday with ash
put on our foreheads, reminding us of our human frailty and
out returning to dust. Thereafter we continue to figuratively
wear sackcloth, in our journey of reconciliation to God.
do we do this year after year? Well, it is simply because
we are sinners. And even as we have already been washed by
the blood of the Lamb, even as we have already accepted Jesus
as Savior and Lord, we still sin, at times grievously. So
in fact it is not only during Lent that we are especially
mindful of our sinfulness, but this is something we do all
is a wonderful gift from God. We can be the greatest of sinners,
but if we truly repent, then we are reconciled with God. Then
he remembers our sins no longer. Then we are washed clean
and become as white as snow. Then we move on to greater holiness
of life. Then we become more fitting and able instruments
that God will use to accomplish His purposes in the world.
us as CFC-FFL, given the task of renewing the family and defending
life, we need to be truly one in heart and mind with God,
and walking in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus, so that we
can be empowered by His Spirit. Much has been given to us,
and where much is given, much also is expected. We must repent
of our sins and our infidelities, and we must carry our crosses
daily, in order to truly follow Jesus.
are our infidelities? There are many. Ironically, even as
we are already restored as God’s holy remnant, I see
that many of our past infidelities that led to the crisis
and split of 2007 are still with us. While we are back on
track on our evangelization, there is a need for greater passion
and singlemindedness. While we are united in heart and mind
with our brethren, there are still the conflicts, even among
top leaders. While we are resolved to really serve God and
His people, there is still a lack of full understanding as
to the meaning of servant leadership and how to live this
many of these shortcomings will always be with us, given our
sinful human natures and the attacks of the enemy, we must
strive every year to overcome the flesh and resist the lures
of the world, thereby undermining the devil’s influence
on us. Thus we focus especially during Lent. This is a time
of grace and mercy for us.
our particular situation as CFC-FFL, we need to revisit the
lessons of Lamentations. There is much still to be learned.
And indeed, this learning will take our whole lifetimes, until
we are fully secure in the embrace of our Father in heaven.
thus encourage you to again take up the book “40 Days
of Lamentations.” The readings in 2007 for Lent are
the same as the readings this year, except for Sundays and
a few other days. For those days when the readings are different
from those in the book, I will be providing the appropriate
reflection. Look too at the many lessons to be learned in
Part II of the book. Discussions of these lessons can take
a lifetime in your households.
know that God has allowed everything that happened for a purpose.
God allowed the crisis of 2007 to impress upon us the unacceptability
of infidelity and the importance of covenant. God allowed
the split to be able to raise a holy remnant, and get us back
on track according to His original purpose for CFC. Now God
desires that we truly become a people He can use. Our work
is this third millennium, that of renewing the family and
defending life, is crucial. It is a great privilege for us,
as well as a great responsibility.
us not fail the Lord. He has provided everything we need.
His grace is abundant. His divine mercy knows no bounds. It
now depends on us. Let us always look to Jesus on the cross,
where our sins put him. And let us lament our failings and
repent of our infidelities.
we are laid low, God Himself will raise us up. Let us humble
ourselves before His glorious majesty, and resolve to be more
like Jesus each day.
bless us all.
brother and servant,
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