THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
NO ONE IN NEED - 4
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The very mission of Jesus is “to bring glad tidings
to the poor, .... to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery
of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free”
(Lk 4:18). This is our mission as well. This is through our
work of evangelization and total human liberation, looking
to both the spiritual and material aspects of poverty, such
that there will be no one in need.
goal of the work of evangelization is to enable people to
experience the salvation already won for them by Jesus on
the cross. Those who are saved then are destined for eternal
life with Jesus in heaven. At the second coming, “the
Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an
archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from
heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who
are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them
in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always
be with the Lord.” (1 Th 4:16-17). We will be with God
eternally in heaven.
Jesus came the first time, as the suffering servant who is
the Savior. And Jesus will come again a second time, as the
victorious King. What needs to happen in between? Jesus already
won for us our salvation, but we need to accept him as Savior
and Lord, to call upon the name of the Lord so that we will
experience that salvation. For that we need to believe; for
that we need to hear the gospel; for that others need to preach
or share Christ. This then is our work of evangelization,
especially the initial proclamation of the gospel.
what do we need to do? We need to “proclaim his salvation
day after day.” (Ps 96:2b). We need to engage in rapid,
massive and worldwide evangelization. We need to proclaim
Christ so that people will meet Christ
and begin to live Christ, and later
on themselves share Christ. “Tell
his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous
deeds.” (Ps 96:3). We are to “give to the Lord
the glory due his name!” (Ps 96:8a).
will return. Before he does, we must do a massive work of
evangelization, so that all will have the opportunity to be
saved, before it is too late. “Let the heavens be glad
and the earth rejoice; .... let all the trees of the forest
rejoice before the Lord who comes” (Ps 96:11-13a). Massive
work is at hand. The task is urgent. Many sheep are lost.
We need to move decisively and with great commitment.
Christ so that others might meet and live Christ. Do this
every day, as we look to rapid and massive evangelization.
Experience what the early Church, from Pentecost and onward,
experienced, when day by day the Lord added to their number
those who were bring saved. This is the only way by which,
year in and year out until the Lord returns once again, we
can truly “proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
then can we say that there will be no one in need, as, upon
the return of the Lord, people experience the fullness of
salvation and liberation.
As a response to the call to the New Evangelization, CFC-FFL
has initiated and pushed, among others, two major movementsthe
Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC)
movement (for evangelization and spiritual renewal) and the
No One in Need (NONe) movement
(for work with the poor and material/societal renewal).