THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
STRENGTHENED SPIRIT OF A SERVANT
Today’s reading: Psalm 138:1-5
year 2011, God, having raised and restored us, gives us the
fullness of His strength for the work that we have been destined
to do. When we cried out in 2007 to be brought back to Him
and restored (Lam 5:21), God, mindful of His eternal plan
for us, heard and answered, raising the remnant, CFC-FFL.
Through the last 4 years, God has intensified our formation,
keeping us focused on our authentic charism, gradually restoring
our strength. “When I cried out, you answered; you strengthened
my spirit.” (Ps 138:3).
what does God give us His very own strength? It is to do our
basic work of evangelization. We have been raised and restored
in order to be used by Him that His salvation may reach to
the ends of the earth (Is 49:6). This is our charism, this
is our calling, this is our destiny. We are to do rapid, massive
and worldwide evangelization.
we do so, as all of Christ’s disciples and the whole
Church ought to do so, then there will be transformation for
the peoples of the world. Then they will recognize who God
is and give Him the worship that is His due. “All the
kings of earth will praise you, Lord, when they hear the words
of your mouth.” (Ps 138:4).
we serve according to our calling, then Jesus will be hailed
as Savior and Lord. Then God will be glorified. “You
are my servant .... through whom I show my glory.” (Is
49:3). “They will sing of the ways of the Lord: ‘How
great is the glory of the Lord!’” (Ps 138:5).
What is at stake is the very glory of God. How should we respond?
we must recognize and be deeply thankful for God’s love
and faithfulness. Everything that we are, everything that
we are able to do, the wondrous blessings we experience, the
privilege of serving the King of kings--all these are because
God loves us with an eternal love, and He faithfully walks
with us, helping bring us back to heaven with Him. “I
praise your name for your fidelity and love.” (Ps 138:2b).
Such realization ought to radically transform our lives, our
desires and our priorities.
with gratitude goes worship. We do not just say thank you
like we do to a friend who does us a favor. We ought to be
awed by the reality that the One who blesses us is God Himself!
Our proper response is worship. Thus we exclaim: “before
the gods to you I sing. I bow low toward your holy temple”
(Ps 138:1b-2a). As we worship, we allow God to continue to
transform us. As we come before a holy God, we strive even
more to be holy as He is holy.
we give our all in living out our vocation. “I thank
you, Lord, with all my heart” (Ps 138:1a). We work hard
to help renew the family and to defend life, while proclaiming
the good news of salvation in Jesus to the whole world. We
can never thank God enough. He is never outdone in generosity.
And so, with our whole heart, we reorder our lives so that
God is truly first, so that He and His work are our Number
When we strive to be holy as God is holy, when we reflect
God’s love to others, when we are faithful to our call
and covenant, when we live a lifestyle of worship, when we
do our work with zeal and passion, then we will experience
that God indeed is our strength.
because God shows His glory through us His servants, then
we too will be “made glorious in the sight of the Lord”
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