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(Part 83)


October 19, 2016

Today’s readings:
Ephesians 3:2-12
Isaiah 12:2-6
Luke 12:39-48

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).

That 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).

What 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.” (Eph 3:6).

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” (Is 12:2b).

We 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).

In 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).

But 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.

So 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).

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