THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
PROCLAIMING THE KINGDOM
Today’s reading: Matthew 10:1-7
gospel is about the commissioning and sending on mission of
the Twelve by Jesus. In the same way, Jesus commissions us
in CFC-FFL and sends us off on mission. We are a missionary
“gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them
out and to cure every disease and every illness.” (Mt
10:1). The apostles literally did that--driving out evil spirits
from physical possession of people and physically healing
people from their illnesses. Today these still happen in Christian
ministry, but no longer as extensively. What does happen is
the spiritual reality behind the physical manifestations.
Driving out unclean spirits is to bring people from out of
the dominion of the evil one to a renewed and transformed
life in Christ. It is a transition from darkness to light.
Curing every disease and illness is the work of total human
liberation--bringing people to fullness and wholeness of life
as children of a loving and generous God.
like the Twelve (Mt 10:2-3), those whom God calls to serve
Him are a motley lot, mainly ordinary folk. Just like them,
we have no previous experience of Christian ministry. And
as was then, some of those called still betray the Lord (Mt
10:4)--veering away from the call, disobeying Church authority,
maligning other workers in the vineyard.
What basically was the work of the Twelve? They were to proclaim
that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 10:7).
This is the work of evangelization. For us in CFC-FFL, we
have been given the same call. In fact, this is what our charism
is all about. We are to do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization.
We are to proclaim Christ. We are to bring people to Christ
and help form them into living their lives in and for Christ.
Twelve were also instructed thus, “Do not go into pagan
territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost
sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mt 10:5-6). Today the
house of Israel corresponds to the Catholic Church, the Samaritans
to our separated Protestant brethren, and the pagans to those
who are non-Christians. Our work in CFC-FFL is a work of re-evangelization,
basically within the Catholic Church. We are a Catholic ecclesial
movement and we reach out to Catholics, especially those who
are nominal, cultural or lapsed. We desire to help strengthen
our Church, which today is the only institution standing against
the global anti-life and anti-family forces.
Jesus called and commissioned the Twelve two millennia ago.
Today Jesus still calls and commissions all those who profess
to be his disciples. To be a true disciple is to be an apostle,
that is, one who is sent. The Twelve faced a daunting task.
Today the Catholic Church also faces a formidable task, in
the face of powerful diabolical forces rampaging throughout
the world. It is an all-out war for the hearts, minds and
souls of people.
in CFC-FFL are privileged to be part of God’s work.
We have been called, commissioned, and given the very strength
of God. Let us go forth and continue proclaiming the kingdom