THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
THE CROSS ON THE ROAD
June 26 CFC-FFL will be 30 years old. Once again we will be
facing a crossroad. Will we soar in the very strength of God,
or will we continue to be weakened by infidelities?
far as God is concerned, what He wants is for His chosen instrument
to be His strong servant through whom He will manifest His
glory (Is 49:3), for His servant to bring His salvation to
the ends of the earth (Is 49:6b). This is why He destined
us from all eternity (Is 49:1b), raised and restored us (Is
49:6a), and now gives us the opportunity to fully appropriate
His strength (Is 49:5d). But still, it depends on us. Will
we respond with total commitment and faithfulness, or not?
How do we proceed? What do we do? How do we discern what is
the right path?
answer? When we reach the crossroad, look for the cross on
the road. This is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, on which
he hung on Calvary, by which he won salvation for all of humanity.
does this mean for us?
First, when we see the cross on the road, we must be reminded
to always keep focused and centered on Christ (our very first
Core Value). But the Christ we focus on is Christ crucified.
Christ crucified has been the icon of Christianity since time
immemorial. The Church chose not the glorified and risen Christ
but the crucified Christ. Look at the crucifixes in parish
churches and on our rosaries. Christ crucified is the icon
of total surrender to the Father’s will, and total love
for His people. We must imitate Christ in all his ways, and
desire nothing but that his will for our lives be done.
Second, when we see the cross on the road, we must recognize
the true message God wants to convey. And what is that? God’s
message is the good news of salvation in Jesus, won through
the cross. Now many Christians would rather hear a more comfortable
message, like the gospel of prosperity. Or a life of comfort.
Or getting all we pray for. But that would be a false gospel.
It would be a weak gospel. It would not lead us to heaven.
For us, “we proclaim Christ crucified” (1 Cor
1:23a). And we have this assurance: “The message of
the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor
1:18). Take note: it is the power or strength of God.
when we see the cross on the road, we must be aware of spiritual
warfare. The monumental war in the heavens and on earth culminated
on the cross. Satan thought he had won, when he managed to
get Jesus crucified and killed. But Jesus rose from the dead
on the third day, and thereupon crushed the head of the serpent.
Satan had lost! But Satan remains powerful, and in his death
throes still manages to bring many down to perdition with
him. Now we, as God’s instruments, are the ones engaging
him in spiritual warfare. On our own we cannot defeat him.
We can only defeat him with the strength of God, through the
power of the cross. Even “the weakness of God is stronger
than human strength.” (1 Cor 1:25b).
when we see the cross on the road, we are to embrace it. Jesus,
in defining discipleship, tells us to deny ourselves and to
take up our cross (Lk 9:23). We are called to follow Jesus,
and when we do so, we will come to the cross. There is no
other path. There will always be suffering in life. But such
suffering is intended by God to be salvific. So we look to
the purification that comes with embracing the cross, thankful
for the opportunity to grow in holiness.
when we see the cross on the road, we are led to give our
all for the cause of Christ. Jesus gave his all. He held nothing
back, giving his very life. And he did this on the cross.
He loved us so much that he suffered terribly and gave his
life, even when we were sinners. How much do we love the Lord?
Do we actually even realize that we belong totally to him,
since he paid the price for us with his precious blood? There
can be no reasonable response to the love and sacrifice of
Jesus than for us to turn our lives over to him and serve
him without reservation.
If we do the above, then our decisions when we reach the crossroad
will be in accordance with God’s will. Then we can become
the fitting instruments and faithful servants that the Lord
intends. Then we can rightly claim, “My God is now my
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