THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
JOHN THE BAPTIST AND OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND PRO-LIFE
Feast of John the Baptist
John the Baptist is an icon for our most important tasks in
CFC-FFL. We are an evangelistic and missionary community,
and we renew the family and defend life.
John leaped for joy in his mother Elizabeth’s womb when
she heard Mary’s greeting (Lk 1:41). David speaks about
the amazing and wonderful work of God in forming us in the
womb. “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my
mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made
me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew, my bones
were not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
fashioned as in the depths of the earth.” (Ps 139:13-15).
an amazing work is the life being formed by God in the womb.
God knits every cell and every part of us. What is unseen
on the outside, what to the world is happening in secret,
is a wonderfully mysterious work of the divine Being, a creature
being made in His image and likeness.
work is abortion. This is not only the terrible taking of
an innocent and defenseless human life, but it is an assault
on God’s wonderful work and on His plan. That is why
abortion is diabolical. In like manner, contraception prevents
even the start of the life that God intends to create. This
too is diabolical, as Satan prevents the creation of a soul
that would ultimately be with God eternally in heaven (as
happens to the souls of the aborted babies). Satan prevents
a new being who is destined to leap for joy in God’s
task is to defend God’s work, the life that is to be
or that is being formed in the womb.
The second important work that John the Baptist points to
is the work of evangelization and mission. It is the work
of going “before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give
his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness
of their sins” (Lk 1:76b-77). Like John, we are God’s
workers sent to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus.
heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel” (Acts 13:24). This is our
task too, but now we are to proclaim this salvation not just
to Israel but to the ends of the earth.
Who did John proclaim? For whom did he leap for joy? It was
Jesus. And it is Jesus too whom we proclaim. Jesus is the
Savior. Jesus is the suffering servant of God, who through
his giving of his life on the cross won for us our salvation.
Servant of the Lord oracles in Isaiah have been taken to refer
to historical Israel, or ideal Israel, or an Old Testament
historical character, or the prophet Isaiah himself. The New
Testament sees a fulfillment of these prophecies in Jesus
Christ. Since we are called to be like Jesus, to follow in
his footsteps, to take on his very nature of holiness (1 Pet
1:15-16) and perfection (Mt 5:48), to continue the work that
he has started, we can look at how we fit in the call of the
Servant of the Lord.
the Lord called us from birth, from our mothers’ wombs
gave us our name (Is 49:1b). Giving us our name means God
designates us for a specific or special task. God formed us
as His servants from the womb (Is 49:5a). Before God even
created us, He knew of His plan to call us and to choose us
to serve Him. It is our destiny to be where we are now.
as far as CFC-FFL is concerned, God has done and is doing
three things for us as His servants. “It is too little,
he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes
of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make
you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to
the ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6). These are the 3 R’s:
raise up, restore, reach out.
raised up CFC in 1981. As usual, the enemy attacked God’s
work, and almost succeeded in destroying CFC. In 2007, CFC
split, but God plucked a remnant from the ruins and restored
it to CFC’s authentic charism. This is CFC-FFL. Now
God intends to use this instrument to reach the nations of
the world, to bring His salvation to the ends of the earth.
Like John the Baptist, we participate in the work of preparing
the world for the second coming of our Lord Jesus.
We are privileged to be called and used like John the Baptist.
God destined us even before we were formed in the womb. And
God uses us to bring His salvation to the world.
defend life, because life is God’s work, but also because
all the evangelizers and missionaries, just like us, will
come into the world through the wombs of their mothers. Satan
works to prevent the coming of God’s evangelizers right
at the very start.
we expend our lives for the cause of Christ, to bring the
salvation he won on the cross into the lives of many others.
John asked, “Who do you suppose that I am?” (Acts
13:25a). I pray that who we are as CFC-FFL is clear to us
all. It has to be clear, so that we can apply ourselves to
our mission according to the plan of God.
life and mission is such a great privilege for us, something
totally undeserved. Though we are but mere sinful flesh, God
uses us as His divine instruments. Though we are just slaves,
Jesus has called us friends. Though we are powerless and not
worthy, the Holy Spirit has empowered us for the task. We
proclaim Christ crucified, until he returns once again.
one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals
of his feet.” (Acts 13:25b). Just like John the Baptist,
let us prepare the way for Jesus, and let us leap for joy
at this great privilege.
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