THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
HOLY AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS
March 19, 2011
Today’s reading: Psalm 89:2-29
we are called to do is a consequence of God’s call and
plan. And what we are able to do is a consequence of who God
is. Who is our God? “Who in the skies ranks with the
Lord? Who is like the Lord among the gods? A God dreaded in
the council of the holy ones, greater and more awesome than
all who sit there! Lord, God of hosts, who is like you?”
psalmist marveled at the awesomeness and majesty of God. One
manifestation of God’s awesomeness is His power and
strength. “Mighty your arm, strong your hand”
(Ps 89:14a). God created the awesome universe, rules the raging
sea (think tsunami), and crushes all His foes (Ps 89:12,10-11).
Now this awesome and strong God is loyal to His promises (Ps
89:2-3). For example, God made a covenant with David and promised
that his dynasty will stand forever (Ps 89:4-5). This is fulfilled
in David’s descendant Jesus.
elements are present in the fulfillment of God’s promises?
In this psalm, we see these elements: divine election, a covenant,
servanthood and anointing. They are all part and parcel of
the one call. “I have made a covenant with my chosen
one; I have sworn to David my servant. I have chosen David,
my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him.” (Ps
89:4,21). God chooses whom He wills, enters into covenant
with them, uses them as His servants to fulfill His purposes,
and anoints them for the work. The choice and covenant are
important, as God intends to use them to do His very own work.
He entrusts His work to His anointed servants. He makes Himself
reliant upon them for the fulfillment of His plan.
is our relationship with God in CFC-FFL. God called and chose
us. And when the community veered away and became unfaithful,
God pursued the call by choosing us to be the remnant that
was restored to our true charism. This is because God has
destined us from all eternity to be His people and to do His
work. “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s
womb he gave me my name.” (Is 49:1b). From the start,
God had given us our covenant. This represents a profound
relationship of commitment--ours to God, but also God’s
to us. God has done all these in order to use us as His instruments,
through whom He intends to manifest His awesomeness. “You
are my servant .... through whom I show my glory.” (Is
will fulfill His purposes, because He is loyal, because He
is faithful. What God accomplishes through us is simply “because
of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has
chosen you.” (Is 49:7d).
But then again, we need to respond. We ourselves need to be
faithful to our covenant. We need to faithfully do the work
that God gives us to do. We need to give of ourselves without
holding back, because that is the only posture that is fitting
in response to God’s love and call.
do we respond to God’s call? There is the internal and
the external aspects of our response. This has to do with
who we are to become, and what we are to do.
We must “walk in the radiance of (God’s) face.”
(Ps 89:16b). This is the call to holiness. This is the call
to be God’s light in the world, reflecting His radiance.
This is the call to be witnesses empowered by the Holy Spirit.
must “know .... (the) Lord” (Ps 89:16a). We
must know the God whom we follow, and know His ways. We
must know what His plan is for us, so that we can wholeheartedly
apply ourselves to fulfilling His plan. This entails knowing
and living out our vision and mission, the call to be evangelizers
and missionaries, the ways by which God forms us including
When we strive to become holy as God is holy, and when we
faithfully carry out the tasks given to us by God as His servants,
then we can expect the strength of God that brings His victory
into our life and work. “You are their majestic strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted. In your name they sing
joyfully all the day; at your victory they raise the festal
shout.” (Ps 89:18,17). We shall be able to cry out:
“my God, the Rock that brings me victory!” (Ps
we respond in the right way, then we can expect that we will
truly be those chosen by God to be His covenanted people,
and those anointed by God as His servants. As such, we have
God’s assurance: “My hand will be with him; my
arm will make him strong.” (Ps 89:22).
this happens, then God’s plan for the life of the world
will come to pass. “I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
(Is 49:6:b). And, as God’s instruments, our destiny,
to accomplish the plan of God and to reflect His very glory,
will also come to pass. “And I am made glorious in the
sight of the Lord” (Is 49:5c). God Himself will affirm
this: “through my name his horn will be exalted.”
can then truly cry out: “my God is now my strength!”
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