THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE END TIMES - 11
Today’s reading: Malachi 3:1-4,23-24
“And the Lord whom you seek will come suddenly to his
temple; the messenger of the covenant whom you desire--see,
he is coming! says the Lord of hosts.” (v.1b).
is coming. Whether sooner or later, he is coming. When he
does, it will be sudden, unexpected, the date unknown. So
we must be prepared. Now God did not lack in sending messengers
to prepare His people for His coming. God sent Elijah. God
sent John the Baptist. God sends us. “Now I am sending
my messenger--he will prepare the way before me” (v.1a).
was one objective in sending Elijah? “Now I am sending
to you Elijah the prophet; before the day of the Lord comes,
the great and terrible day; he will turn the heart of fathers
to their sons, and the heart of sons to their fathers”
(v.23-24a). It was a restoration of family life, according
to the very plan of God. Unfortunately today, even more than
during those times, family is being savagely assaulted. There
are many broken marriages, many sons growing up without their
fathers, many fathers aborting their own sons. This is a terrible
situation, very diabolical, incurring the great wrath of God.
If things do not change, the return of the Lord will truly
be terrible. “Lest I come and strike the land with utter
God sent Elijah to work at the renewal of family life. God
raised and sends CFC-FFL to work at the same. Our charism
is evangelization founded on family renewal. These are the
two most crucial tasks needed to be done before the Lord returns.
that we are right there at the forefront of the fight for
families and for God’s people. The times are urgent.
There is no time to lose. We must go about our work with greater
passion and commitment. Every day, faith grows cold, and families
continue to disintegrate. When the Son of Man returns, will
he find faith on earth? If not, “who can endure the
day of his coming? Who can stand firm when he appears?”
of the Lord will be a great and terrible day. “For he
will be like a refiner’s fire, like fullers’ lye.”
(v.2b). By that time it will be too late for those who persist
in sin. The Lord will be burning away all the impurities from
His people, and those burnt away will continue to burn in
that great and terrible day, God’s people are given
an opportunity to turn back to Him. To turn from sin to righteousness.
To turn from filth to purity of heart. To turn from decadence
to holiness. “He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the Levites, refining them like gold or
silver, that they may bring offerings to the Lord in righteousness.”
(v.3). We are to be purified of impurities, we are to be refined,
we are to be bleached, so that we may come into the holy presence
of God, holy and spotless.
can cause this to happen? People need to meet Christ so they
can start to live Christ. How will this happen? They need
to be evangelized, to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus.
They need to know the one who will come again, and so live
for and in him. This is the all-important work of the New
Evangelization. This is our work.
the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will please the Lord,
as in ancient days, as in years gone by.” (v.4). Let
us offer ourselves by living holy lives. Let us offer our
families by working at renewal. Let us offer our community
and our work by persisting in the work of evangelization and