THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LOOKING TO GOD’S HOUSE
Today’s reading: Haggai 1:1-8
What is new for us in CFC-FFL with regard to the New Evangelization?
It was already prophesied when we in 2007 took on a particular
Core Value, which is Being a Servant to the Church. The fullness
of this Core Value only began to be understood later. It found
its fruition in the LCSC movement.
came about as a reflection of how our evangelization had stalled
and our community life had been lived in infidelity. “Now
thus says the Lord of hosts: Reflect on your experience!”
“You have sown much, but have brought in little”
(v.6a). We have been doing a lot of work, but have hardly
dented the surface of the renewal work that needs to be
done. 99 of the 100 sheep are still lost.
have eaten, but have not been satisfied” (v.6b). We
have learned much about the Christian life as we have been
given solid food in our formation and teachings, but still
feel empty and not fulfilled. Something is still missing.
“You have drunk, but have not become intoxicated”
(v.6c). We have been baptized in the Spirit, but have not
been truly filled with the Spirit. We have not brimmed with
zeal and passion for mission. We have not worshiped in a
way that people would think we were drunk, as in Pentecost.
“you have clothed yourselves, but have not been warmed”
(v.6d). We have put on Christ, but have not fully clothed
ourselves in righteousness and holiness.
the hired worker labors for a bag full of holes.”
(v.6e). We have evangelized millions, but see many of them
no longer active in community and others not participating
fully in our life and mission.
had been gung-ho on rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization, but growth in numbers has slowed down. We
are supposed to grow in holiness of life and zeal for mission
but many have remained static, becoming comfortable and complacent.
Brethren have been reluctant to step up in leadership. “You
expected much, but it came to little” (v.9a). On top
of that, there are conflicts in community, even among top
leaders. There are strife and division and scandal, causing
dismay in brethren who might then leave community. And so,
“what you brought home, I blew away.” (v.9b).
wondered: why is this? What are we still do do? What is missing?
“Why is this?” (v.9c). “Because my house
is the one which lies in ruins, while each of you runs to
your own house.” (v.9d). While we say we have been serving
the Lord, we have actually been serving ourselves. We have
been self-referential. We look to our personal salvation,
to the well-being of our families, to the security of our
homes. Well and good. But we have not done enough to look
to the well-being of the whole Church. We reach out to many
but have not done enough to reach the 99. We strengthen our
community but have not worked to strengthen the parish community.
We feel we are OK now, being in the Lord and securing our
families, but have neglected the larger family of God, the
many who are still lost and the Church that is threatened
from without and from within. “Is it time for you to
dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies in ruins?”
what are we to do now? The Lord has now shown us the true
work of evangelization and mission. “Go up into the
hill country; bring timber, and build the house that I may
be pleased with it, and that I may be glorified, says the
Lord.” (v.8). We are to help rebuild our Church! To
bring back the lost sheep. To strengthen the local churches
(our parishes), not just our domestic churches (our homes).
To resist the enemy within that seeks to bring in Modernism.
To uphold authentic Church teaching and the Magisterium. To
do a truly massive work of evangelization. This is LCSC.
look back and see what has happened, what is still happening
today, and then look forward. Read the signs of the times.
Discern the prophetic leading of the Spirit. So once again
the Lord speaks. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Reflect
on your experience!” (v.7).