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(Part 50)


September 9, 2014

Today’s readings:
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Psalm 149:1-9
Luke 6:12-19

Jesus 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.

Before 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.

So 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).

This 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.

How 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.

This 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).

To 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.
  • By 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 evil.
  • By 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).

The 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.

When 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!” (Ps 149:9b).

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