THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2010
Our theme verse for 2010 is from Job 37:23.
Due to the complexity of this verse, I herewith cite
Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in
power and justice, and abundant righteousness he
will not violate.” (Revised Standard Version,
Second Catholic Edition)
power is so great that we cannot come near him;
he is righteous and just in his dealings with us.”
(Good News Bible)
Almighty! We cannot discover him, pre-eminent in
power and judgment; his great justice owes no one
an accounting.” (New American Bible)
Our theme for 2010 is:
Just and righteous is He.”
to the Triune God and the divine family
From the very start, CFC has been a Christ-centered,
Holy Spirit-empowered renewal movement.
We are “for Christ.” Our life has been
centered on Jesus, our formation programs have focused
on Jesus, and we have walked in the way of Jesus.
Jesus the Savior is the foundation and basic message
of our work, and we go forth into the world as called
and commissioned by him.
We also have a charismatic spirituality. Charism is
about the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy
Spirit who empowers us to live the life of Jesus.
It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to become true
witnesses to the ends of the earth. It is the Holy
Spirit who gives us the spiritual gifts that we need
in order to build community and to do mission. Thus
we are families in the Holy Spirit that will be God’s
instruments to renew the face of the earth.
Further, in 2007 we consecrated ourselves to the Blessed
Virgin Mary. She is the mother of Jesus (God) and
the spouse of the Holy Spirit.
For 2010 we look to God the Father. With God the Father
we now are able to look to the fullness of the Triune
God (Father, Son and Spirit) and the divine family
(Trinity and Mary).
Almighty and Omnipotent God
How do we describe God? How do we speak of Him?
“Out of the north comes golden splendor; God
is clothed with awesome majesty.” (Job 37:22,
RSV). The north is a symbol for God’s mysterious
abode. God dwells in the heavens above and on high.
How do we describe our God? Golden splendor! Awesome
majesty! Omnipotent and Almighty! We can say all the
superlatives and we would fall short in doing justice
to describing who God is. In the end, we can only
exclaim: “The Almighty!”
We cannot find Him. We cannot discover Him. We cannot
come near Him. No matter how wise we are. His ways
and thoughts are vastly different from ours (Is 55:8-9).
He is the holy God. He is great in power and justice
and righteousness (Job 37:23).
We do see the Father in Jesus, and we do experience
God by and through the Holy Spirit. But the Father
Himself and His ways remain mysterious and inscrutable.
He created the whole universe out of love for us
and to share His greatness with us.
He chose and loved a people, even through their
unfaithfulness and even rebellion.
He sent His own Son to suffer and die for us.
He allows great suffering in the lives of those
He loves, but is in control and will grant victory
in the end.
How then do we relate to such a God? When then is
our appropriate response?
“Therefore men fear him; he does not regard
any who are wise in their own conceit.” (Job
37:24, RSV). Our proper posture is awe of God and
humility before Him. Awe and humility are proper postures
for feeble creatures before their majestic Creator.
As we have said, we do not really know God, and He
is beyond our grasp. But “the fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov 1:7a).
Such “fear of the Lord” is reverential
fear and respect for God on account of His sovereignty
and majesty. We are nothing before Him. Every good
thing we have is from Him.
Though we are nothing, to God we are everything. He
loves us, blesses us, raises us up. The Father sacrificed
His own Son for us. We must be in awe of such a God.
And we must be humbled by such a privilege.
in the world
Now the Father created the whole universe, a reflection
of His beauty and perfection. He created us in His
own image and likeness. But due to sin, imperfection
came into the world. Thus we live in a world of darkness
and sin. Thus we reap the consequences of sin, in
a life filled with hardship and suffering.
Why does God allow such suffering? Why do bad things
happen to good people? How do we reconcile a God of
love, who has absolute power over the universe, with
such pain and suffering?
Suffering of course is the very way God chose for
His Son Jesus. That is the mystery of the cross. God
loves His Son, and God loves us His children. Just
as He allowed Jesus to suffer, so He allows us. Such
suffering is redemptive. Gold is purified through
fire. In His love for us and in His inscrutable wisdom,
God is always working in us to accomplish His very
plan and purpose. Thus such suffering is cause not
for lamentations but for joy.
and righteous is He
Awe and humility allow us to fully accept God’s
will in our lives even as we cannot understand fully
His ways. He is Father and He knows best. Our human
wisdom is what gets us into trouble. We desire to
have our own way, oftentimes contrary to the ways
of God. Thus we ourselves stand in the way of God
accomplishing His will for our lives.
What we are called to is unquestioning obedience to
God. We are called to die to self, manifested in total
detachment, total selflessness, and self-sacrificial
love. Now that is very difficult. In fact, on our
own, it is impossible. But Jesus has shown us the
way. And the Holy Spirit empowers us.
We just need to rest assured that God is a God of
justice and righteousness. God gives to everyone what
is his due, and as a beloved child of God, we can
have it all, even as the path is tortuous and painful.
God upholds righteousness, being a holy God, and desires
that His children be holy as well. In justice we receive
what is our due; in righteousness we become what God
intended from the very beginning.
We are truly blessed. We can only exclaim: “The
Almighty! Just and righteous is He.”
please begin to read and prayerfully reflect on the
book of Job. You should finish reading, and re-reading,
the whole book by the end of this year, so that you
may be better prepared to understand, and live out,
God’s message for next year.
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