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(Part 40)


August 5, 2011
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-40

Our God is a God of strength and power. This is what Moses reminded the Israelites, on the eve of his death, at 120 years old, having brought God’s people from Egypt to the desert and to the edge of the promised land. Moses told them how God made a nation for Himself “with his strong hand” (Dt 4:34), how He personally led them “out of Egypt by his great power” (Dt 4:37).

This is the same God who has raised us today as His people. God has a purpose, that we might be His servant through whom He will show His glory (Is 49:3). This is our great privilege, to be able to be God’s instrument, to do His very will, to accomplish His divine purpose for the life of the world.

As such we must respond. How? “You must keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you forever.” (Dt 4:40).

First, we must obey God. God gives us the Ten Commandments (through Moses at Mount Sinai) plus all the other commandments given by Jesus directly and through his disciples. For us as CFC-FFL, there are two basic commandments that can encompass everything else. One, we are to grow in holiness (1 Pt 1:15-16), and two, we are to do the work of evangelization and mission (Mk 16:15).

Second, we must observe God’s way of life as given to us. As CFC-FFL, this way of life is represented by our covenant. We are to be faithful to our covenant, knowing that this is not meant to burden us, but to support us to live out our calling. God calls us not only as individuals and as families, but as a community, as a family of families. We can only be properly formed and become what God intends if we remain faithful to every aspect of our covenant.

Three, we must realize that our work of evangelization is done within the context of renewing the family and defending life. When we obey God’s commands and live His way of life, then, as Moses says, our children will prosper and we will have a long life on the land. Obedience directly impacts on family and life.

After 30 years, God has formed us as a community, including our wandering at times in the desert. “Out of the heavens he let you hear his voice to discipline you” (Dt 4:36a) in order that we might be chastised, purified and grow in holiness. Then “on earth he let you see his great fire” (Dt 4:36b), witnessing the rapid and massive evangelization work made possible by the Holy Spirit. God has given us our very clear vision and mission. Now, on this our 30th year, the fullness of God’s strength is being made available to us. It is now entirely up to us how we are to respond.

We have already seen what God can do--in our personal lives, in our families, and in the world through our work. “All this you were allowed to see that you might know the Lord is God and there is no other.” (Dt 4:35). Our God is victorious, and His strong right hand continues to be outstretched. In that let us rejoice, and confidently march on into the promised land.

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