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(Part 17)


March 6, 2011

Today’s readings
Deuteronomy 11:18-28
Matthew 7:21-27

As the crossroad nears, the readings today speak about how we are to respond to what God is trying to do. The Lord says:

“I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse: a blessing for obeying the commandments of the Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today; a curse if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord, your God, but turn aside from the way I ordain for you today” (Dt 11:26-28).

The Lord has always dealt with His people in this way, especially those He calls to a special relationship with Him and are given a special task. Obey and be blessed; disobey and be cursed. This is because God goes out of His way to favor His people and enable them to do His very own divine work. God entrusts His important work to them. God makes Himself and His very plan for the life of the world dependent upon His people. Thus the consequences, whether we obey or disobey, are correspondingly great.

As CFC, when we obeyed, our work soared. Why not, since this was God’s very own work, done in the very power of His Spirit. But when we veered away, turning aside from the way ordained for us, and when we became unfaithful, then we suffered the consequences. There was deep crisis in CFC resulting in a split. The enemy came close to destroying CFC.

Now here we are, the restored remnant, the CFC that is true to its authentic charism. But all is not well. Infidelities persist. So as we face the crossroad, God again gives us the choice: to obey or to disobey, to be blessed or to be accursed.

Why is it that infidelities, even for the restored CFC-FFL, still persist? One reason is because our brethren and leaders have not fully grasped the grand vision of God for us, and the necessity of being truly faithful to our call and covenant. Many of our brethren simply believe that they are doing OK, and do not bother to enter more deeply into the fullness of God’s call.

After all, they are already living a life in Christ, taking care of their families, serving in community, in fact always calling out “Lord, Lord.” Many prophesy in God’s name during households and prayer assemblies, engage the enemy in combat and drive out demons from the lives of those evangelized and transformed, do mighty works of mission. But Jesus himself says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Mt 7:21).

What is the will of the Father in heaven? As far as we as CFC-FFL are concerned, it is to do the work of evangelization, of renewing the family and of defending life. How do we do that? The following are part of God’s commands to us:

  • Live out faithfully the CFC-FFL covenant that we have committed ourselves to (including attending meetings and supporting the community financially).
  • Do the work of massive worldwide evangelization (Is 49:6).
  • Be the servant through whom God shows His glory (Is 49:3).
  • Grow in holiness and Christian perfection.

Some of us might actually be surprised when we try to enter heaven, thinking we have lived for Christ and served him, only to be told, “I never knew you.” (Mt 7:23a). But Lord, Lord, did we not do this or that for you? If we persist in our own sense of righteousness, Jesus might then go further and say, “Depart from me, you evildoers.” (Mt 7:23b). I really hope such a thing does not happen.

What evil could we possibly do now that we are active in CFC-FFL? Well, it could be any of the following:

  • If we do not gather. Then we scatter. That is, if we do not evangelize and help gather God’s people, then, by our inactivity, we contribute to their remaining scattered, easy prey to the enemy. That would be an evil act of omission.
  • If we are neither hot nor cold, if we are lukewarm. That is, we are not bursting with zeal and enthusiasm for the wonderful work entrusted to us; we are complacent; we are fence sitters; we look to our comfort zones. Then Jesus will spit us out of his mouth
  • If we have priorities other than the Lord. That is, we are so taken up with the good things from God, such as family and our secular jobs, that we neglect to live the life of community and the service of God. Then we have the evil of idols in our lives.
  • If we do not honor God with our wealth. That is, if we rob Him by withholding our tithe. We then must be doing evil because God Himself calls us accursed.

With all the above, we adversely affect the mission God has entrusted to us. We might even be the cause of the loss of some souls. So there could indeed be a chance that we would be unwittingly doing evil. Why then take chances?

What should we do?

Obey! Act on God’s word. Do the will of the Father.

Be faithful in living out our covenant.

This way we build our house on rock. Don’t be the fool who built his house on sand. Choose the blessing, not the curse.

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