THE SERVANT GENERAL
WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
SERVANT OF THE LORD
Today’s reading: Isaiah 49:1-6
Today, the reading from Isaiah brings us back to our theme
for 2011, the year when we were again brought to a crossroad.
We are still at that crossroad, not quite having made the
decisive move to move.
At that time, God offered us His very strength with which
to carry on our mission. Our theme was “my God is now
my strength!” (Is 49:5d). And what was that mission?
It was to do massive evangelization. “I will make you
a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the
ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6c).
The reading from Isaiah indicated God’s eternal plan
for us. We were destined for our mission. “Before birth
the Lord called me, from my mother’s womb he gave me
my name.” (Is 49:1b). God “formed (us) as his
servant from the womb” (Is 49:5b). We were to bring
people, especially Catholics, back to God and back to the
Church. Our work was “that Jacob may be brought back
to him and Israel gathered to him” (Is 49:5c). God used
us in the power of His Spirit. “He made (us) a sharpened
arrow” (Is 49:2c), using us as instruments to let His
word penetrate into the very minds and hearts of people.
But all that was “too little, he says, for you to be
my servant” (Is 49:6a). It was not just a question of
serving Him, in the way that so many other religious groups
are serving Him. There was something more, something more
special, something more exciting. What we had accomplished
before, what had already transpired, is small compared to
what is to come. God did not only “raise up the tribes
of Jacob” (Is 49:6b), the old CFC. God did not only
“restore the survivors of Israel” (Is 49:6c),
the remnant that is CFC-FFL. God intends to do more, to really
be able to do rapid and massive evangelization to the ends
of the earth.
happens through the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement.
This is why, at the decisive crossroad of 2011, at the time
of transition, God poured out His strength upon us. It was
for the purpose of the work that was to come.
Transitions are part of the history of salvation. We cannot
just hold on to old wineskins when what is called for are
new wineskins. Transitions do not belittle what went before,
or even say that what follows is necessarily superior. Transitions
actually build on what has gone before, and what follows is
totally dependent upon what has been.
Moses was succeeded by Joshua. Elijah was succeeded by Elisha.
John the Baptist was a precursor of Jesus. Jesus sent the
Holy Spirit in his place.
God raised CFC. Out of CFC came the remnant that is CFC-FFL.
Now CFC-FFL is privileged to bring LCSC to the whole Catholic
Will we experience the strength of God in our life and mission?
Will we be able to do rapid and massive evangelization which
is our calling from the very start, nay, from all eternity?
The way is already clear for us in CFC-FFL. It is the way
of LCSC. God has already poured out His strength. But we need
to grasp the vision, obey, and put our whole heart in the
Are we ready to be the Lord’s servant, not insisting
on our own way? Only then can we experience His strength.
Only then can His glory shine forth in and through us (Is