THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
ONE IN CHRIST
My dear brethren, our theme for 2017 is “One in Christ.”
Our theme verse is Romans 12:5, which says, “so we,
though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts
of one another.”
We are one people of God, one holy Catholic Church, one army
of God. We look to our one Father, our one Lord, and the one
Spirit. We have one call to holiness and discipleship, to
which we continue to strive through the abounding mercy of
God. “I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies
of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and
pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.” (Rom 12:1).
the same time, the one body is diverse. The call is to unity
in diversity. “For as in one body we have many parts,
and all the parts do not have the same function” (Rom
12:4). Thus in CFC-FFL we have many different tasks, but all
geared toward the fulfillment of the one vision and mission.
In parishes there are different ministries; in the Church
there are different Catholic organizations, new ecclesial
movements, and religious congregations. In the body there
is a diversity of spiritual gifts, but all intended to support
the one Church in her mission. “Since we have gifts
that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise
them; ....” (Rom 12:6-8).
diversity many times poses great challenges. Workers can lose
sight of the larger vision, of the good of the whole, of subordinating
their interests and preferences for the good of all. At times,
the diversity leads to strife and even division. At times,
the enemy is within.
can hold the body together as one? It is fraternal love, and
living as true disciples of the Lord Jesus. We are “to
love one another with mutual affection” (Rom 12:10a).
We are to focus on and be zealous for the one mission. “Do
not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
(Rom 12:11). We are to “persevere in prayer.”
(Rom 12:12c). We are to be merciful. “Bless those who
persecute you, bless and do not curse them.” (Rom 12:14).
We are to humble ourselves, and “not be haughty but
associate with the lowly” (Rom 12:16b). We are to be
peacemakers, and “live at peace with all.” (Rom
12:18b). We are to avoid all forms of evil and look only to
what is right and just and true. “Do not be conquered
by evil but conquer evil with good.” (Rom 12:21).
We are one in Christ.