THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH LIFE AND MISSION
Today’s reading: Acts 4:32-37
Our primary mission thrusts in CFC-FFL are evangelization,
family renewal and work with the poor. These are the three
most crucial aspects of Christian life and mission today.
Or rather, from the very start of the Church on the day of
Pentecost. Unfortunately, these are also among the most neglected
in the Church. While there is a lot of activity in our parishes,
these often are not what are truly essential according to
the Lord’s intent.
early Church was one large family. There were loving relationships,
unity of heart and mind, sharing and caring, and really taking
care of everyone’s needs. “The community of believers
was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of
his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.”
early Church was into rapid and massive evangelization, where
there were new converts each and every day. The way the Christians
lived their lives gave effective witness to the gospel of
salvation in Jesus, and so community life was very attractive
to outsiders. “With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was
accorded them all.” (v.33).
early Church took care of all their poor. “There were
no needy person among them” (v.34a). They provided from
whatever resources they had, considering themselves stewards
of God’s provisions (v.34b-35-37). Thus there was no
one in need.
wonderful situation of the early Church is so far from the
situation of the Christian community today. There is not much
sense of being a larger family, there is not much evangelistic
zeal or work such that most Catholics today are lapsed and
lost, and we face the scandal of a world of poverty, amidst
the world’s abundance, as most of the population of
the world, a world where one-third are Christians, are very
poor. This certainly is not God’s intent.
Church needs to get back to her roots and to the basics. This
is part of the call to the New Evangelization. In turn, we
in CFC-FFL have already been shown the way. We must be faithful
to our call, vision, charism and mission. In this way, we
as CFC-FFL will be able to do our share in the renewal and
revival of our Catholic Church. Then the Church can truly
be God’s light to the world.
have a big responsibility. We respond by strongly living out
each and every one of these three basic aspects of Christian
life and mission--evangelization, family renewal and work
with the poor.