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(Part 142)


November 5, 2015

Today’s readings:
Romans 14:7-12
Psalm 27:1-14
Luke 15:1-10

We continue from yesterday. We start by reiterating the total commitment needed to be the Lord’s disciple. “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Rom 14:7-8).

Belonging to God and as Christ’s disciples, what are we to do? As CFC-FFL, our vision and mission is evangelization founded on family renewal.

First and foremost, we evangelize. This is the great need in the world, including in our Church! There are sheep that are no longer in the sheepfold. What are we tasked to do? “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” (Lk 15:4). But the problem is even more dire. The lost is not the one but are the ninety-nine!!

We are called to the New Evangelization. We must be “obsessed” with finding and bringing back the lost sheep. “And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy” (Lk 15:5). As community and as Church, we rejoice as we and our brethren are able to reach many others and bring them back to God and back to the Church. Thus, “upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’” (Lk 15:6). We testify in our households and assemblies, and let all give glory to God.

In fact, we have other good company that rejoices with us. “I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Lk 15:7). There is the Church Triumphant cheering on the Church Militant. Then there are the angels of God. “In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk 15:10). Now if through LCSC we are able to help bring back millions of lapsed Catholics, imagine the grand celebration in heaven among the angels and saints! Imagine our Lord and Master Jesus Christ greatly pleased with our work.

The work of massive evangelization is extremely difficult, as we engage in spiritual warfare. We come against a mighty foe, the evil one, together with the powerful human forces at his command (the US government under Obama, the European Union, the United Nations, billionaire depopulationists, international liberal media). But we already saw yesterday and again see today how we can fully trust in the God who sends us. “Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.” (Ps 27:3).

Second, there is our work of family renewal. In this we look not just to our own families but to others as well. This is crucial in today’s world, especially in the West where families have broken up. There are many children growing up without their parents together. They will need spiritual fathers and mothers, and of course Christ in their lives. They can find a home in our community and in our parishes. “Even if my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me in.” (Ps 27:10).

By our life and work, we desire to glorify God, and have the nations adore Him, “for it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’” (Rom 14:11). This is the way to salvation. This is also our way to salvation. Our life and work should be focused on one outcome: “One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life. To gaze on the Lord’s beauty, to visit his temple.” (Ps 27:4).

How can that happen? Remember: “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Rom 14:10b). At the final judgment, what will we then say to God? “Do not hide your face from me; do not repel your servant in anger. You are my salvation; do not cast me off; do not forsake me, God my savior!” (Ps 27:9). But by then it will be too late. “So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.” (Rom 14:12). By our life and works will we be judged.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally join the great celebration in heaven, with the nations of the world and the sheep that are no longer lost? Wouldn’t it be great if we and our families could share in the joy of the angels and saints over the return of the lost sheep? “I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and chant praise to the Lord.” (Ps 27:6b).

We have been told what to do. Let us do it.

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