THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2011
THE FLOW-THROUGH OF GOD’S STRENGTH
April 28, 2011
Today’s reading: Acts 3:11-26
our 30th year, after being prepared by God through the years,
including the Lessons of Lamentations and the Lessons of Job,
God offers us the fullness of His strength for us to do His
work. Though Jesus has already done everything that needs
to be done in order to win salvation for humanity, in the
mystery of God’s ways, we (and all Christians) are called
to continue with that work of redemption, by proclaiming it
to the world. We step into the very sandals of Jesus, and
we will be given the very power of the resurrection by which
Jesus won our salvation.
averred: “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified
his servant Jesus” (Acts 3:13a). This brings to fulfillment
the words of the prophet Isaiah, ultimately applicable to
Jesus: “You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through
whom I show my glory.” (Is 49:3). Now we too are God’s
servants, through whom God intends to manifest His glory,
through our work in His strength.
God’s strength is of course God’s. But God provides
His very own strength for His people to accomplish His very
own work. This was the very promise of Jesus: “But you
will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and
you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).
apostles proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus, saying, “of
this we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15b). And what accompanied
their proclamation was power. Peter healed the crippled beggar.
Those who saw were amazed, and Peter had to say, “why
do you look so intently at us as if we had made him walk by
our own power or piety?” (Acts 3:12b).
that strength passed on to the healed beggar. “And by
his faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his
name has made strong” (Acts 3:16a).
resurrection was a manifestation of God’s power and
strength. That same strength is passed on to the servants
God calls, and their work again passes on that strength into
the lives of the people whom God touches and gifts with salvation.
such, the glory of God is shown, not just through Jesus whom
God raised (Is 49:3), not just through the servants whom God
uses (Is 49:5c), but through the lives of people who experience
the saving hand of God. God intends His salvation, won by
Jesus on the cross, to reach the ends of the earth (Is 49:6e,
Acts 1:8c), and for that God appoints and anoints His instruments
and makes them a light to the nations (Is 49:5d).
What an amazing work God does in and through His people! Such
is the importance of our work, and such is the importance
of taking on the fullness of God’s strength.
formed us as His servant from the womb (Is 49:1b,5a), raised
us and used us through the years (Is 49:6b), brought us back
to Himself when we veered away (Is 49:5b), restored us as
CFC-FFL to the authentic CFC charism (Is 49:6c), gives us
the commission to do worldwide mission (Is 49:6d), and will
manifest His glory through us and our work (Is 49:5c). All
these as we take on the fullness of the very strength of God
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