THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
WORSHIP AND WAR
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
came into the world because he was sent on mission by the
Father. After doing his part, he would then call, teach, train,
commission and send disciples. Our part is to continue the
salvific work of the Father. If we do not do what we are supposed
to do, then we negate the very mission of Jesus and thwart
the very plan of God.
choosing the Twelve, Jesus prayed intently. “In those
days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the
night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples
to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named
apostles” (Lk 6:12-13). Jesus prayed and then chose
those he would send on mission. Mission of course engages
us in spiritual war. We help those “tormented by unclean
spirits” (Lk 6:18b). So worship and war go together.
we too, being apostles (those sent), pray and fight. Disciples
go forth “with the praise of God in their mouths, and
a two-edged sword in their hands” (Ps 149:6). Worship
and war go together. The call to witness involves the call
to holiness and the call to mission.
So we are chosen and sent. We must respond to the calls to
holiness, witness and mission. What can prevent us? What can
thwart God’s plan? It is when we become a traitor to
Christ and to his cause. This can unwittingly happen to anyone.
Jesus himself chose twelve, including “Judas Iscariot,
who became a traitor.” (Lk 6:16b).
should be sobering for us. Judas was one of the twelve apostles.
Aside from stealing from the common purse, he probably was
just like all the other apostles. He followed Jesus, he was
taught by Jesus, he had fellowship with the brethren, he probably
drove out demons just like the others. But he fell out in
the end. Why? He did not agree that Jesus would be the suffering
servant rather than the triumphant king. He did not grasp
the vision of God. He would not embrace the cross. He judged
things with a human mind rather than the mind of Christ.
about us? We may be here in CFC-FFL, maybe even a servant
leader. We pray, learn, attend meetings, serve, and generally
are growing in the Lord. We may be growing in holiness, but
we can still fall away. We may not intend to. We may not intend
to do bad. But like Judas, we can turn out to be a traitor.
is what happened in 2007, when some leaders veered away from
the authentic vision and mission of CFC (including the vision
for GK). Those leaders, aside from all the wrong they did
including disobedience to the bishops, also took the scandalous
step of suing us in a secular court, totally contrary to the
admonition of Paul (see 1 Cor 6:1-8).
the remnant that is CFC-FFL, striving to be faithful to our
authentic charism and call, falling away can still happen,
even when the vision should be clear and well-established
after all these years. How?
By not fully accepting the vision of the founder, who is
entrusted with the charism given to CFC, or insisting on
their own version of the vision and charism.
not being fully willing to deny self and embrace the cross
in order to follow Jesus. There are those who continue to
drink piña coladas at the Country Club when
all around us things are crumbling due to the assault of
not giving full embrace to LCSC, which is the living out
of our Core Value of Being a Servant to the Church. It is
our expression of being not self-referential and of offering
our life and experience for the mission of our Church.
How then can we avoid being a traitor or a Judas? We must
strive to fully live out our callingto be saints, martyrs
and warriors. All three. We must worship and go off to war.
We have been called by Jesus and renewed in his Spirit. We
have turned our back on our old lives. We must then fully
live out our new lives. “This is what some of you used
to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified,
you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and
in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor 6:11).
Father sent Jesus. Jesus sends us. Jesus preached the gospel
and brought healing and liberation. “Everyone in the
crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him
and healed them all.” (Lk 6:19). That same power is
passed on to us. We are empowered to witness.
we fully live out our vision, charism and mission, when we
fully respond to the call to be saints, martyrs and warriors,
when we are fully ready to carry out the divine will, then
we reap the honor due God’s people, for “such
is the glory of all God’s faithful. Hallelujah!”