THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
WHOM SHALL I FEAR?
CFC-FFL is evangelistic and missionary, and our call is “to
preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ”
(Eph 3:8b). It is to share Christ through rapid, massive and
worldwide work. “Among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.” (Is 12:4b). And what
specifically are we to proclaim? It is the gospel of salvation
in Jesus. Indeed, for each of us, “he has been my salvation.”
(Is 12:2c). And we are commanded by our God: “let this
be known throughout all the earth.” (Is 12:5b).
means that those of us who have experienced his salvation
need to work such that others do so as well. We are not only
restored as children of God, but we also become servants of
Christ and instruments of the Spirit. This is God’s
will, for those who meet Christ and are starting to live Christ
to also share Christ. If not, there are severe consequences.
“That servant who knew his master’s will but did
not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall
be beaten severely” (Lk 12:47).
Now CFC/CFC-FFL has been in existence for 35 years, and we
have received bountiful blessings through the years. God went
further and gave us LCSC, now a blessing to our Church for
the last 5 years. We have received much, and God has entrusted
us with much. That is both our privilege and our responsibility.
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with
much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted
with more.” (Lk 12:48b).
has God done for us? Let me paraphrase Paul’s words,
in talking about “the stewardship of God’s grace
that was given to (CFC-FFL) for (the Church’s) benefit”
(Eph 3:2). This is LCSC. It is mysterious work, how a response
to the New Evangelization can potentially reach every lapsed
Catholic. That “mystery was made known to me by revelation”
(Eph 3:3). The work of LCSC is now truly for the benefit of
the whole Church, with all Church workers participating in
the work. Paraphrasing further, the direction is that non-CFC-FFL
members (mainly workers in the parishes and members of Church
orgs) “are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners
in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
So we are to go forth, depending only on God who sends us.
It is the Spirit “in whom we have boldness of speech
and confidence of access through faith in him.” (Eph
3:12). With God with us, we can only say, “I am confident
and unafraid. For the Lord is my strength and my might”
are called to be faithful stewards of God’s work, as
God has made Himself dependent on His people, for them to
be the laborers that will bring in the harvest. “Who,
then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master
will put in charge of his servants” (Lk 12:42a). Such
faithful work is until the end of time, when Jesus returns
once again. “Blessed is that servant whom his master
on arrival finds doing so.” (Lk 12:43).
this work, we face formidable opposition from a powerful diabolical
enemy, supported by powerful earthly forces. Those who faithfully
carry out the work can expect to be assaulted. But God is
there for us. We have nothing to fear. “God indeed is
my salvation.” (Is 12:2a).
wait, we do have something to fear. Being unfaithful, since
this work is crucial, will have dire consequences. God “will
punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.”
(Lk 12:46b). Fear not the assaults of the enemy; rather fear
the judgment of the Master.
be faithful, be prepared, be about the Master’s work.
We have no time to lose, as we are already in the end times.
“You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not
expect, the Son of Man will come.” (Lk 12:40).