THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
ALL FOR CHRIST
Today’s reading: Colossians 3:14-24
Division rather than unity seems to be the rule in the world
and even in the Church. Division is the case between husband
and wife, parents and children, parish ministries, religious
congregations, Church organizations, ecclesial movements,
and individual Catholics in general. This is not as God intends.
God is one, husband and wife are one, the Church is one. What
needs to happen?
can only be in Christ. Good intentions are not enough.
We need to put on the mind and heart of Jesus.
want peace in the body? Then “let the peace of Christ
control your hearts” (v.15a). That is not just peaceful
co-existence (just being tolerant of each other), but the
shalom that only Christ can bring. It is “the peace
into which you were also called in one body.” (v.15b).
want to have the wisdom of God for your day-to-day interactions
with others? That wisdom by which “you teach and admonish
one another” (v.16b)? Then “let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly” (v.16a). Not your thoughts, opinions,
preferences, priorities, agenda, but his.
do you want to be able to live out subordination to your husbands
that God intends? Well, do not look at your husband, whom
you do not see as superior, but look to Jesus, whom you profess
to love and follow. Then you can accept that such subordination
“is proper in the Lord.” (v.18b). Submission is
not demeaning, as Jesus himself was submitted to the Father.
having a hard time obeying your parents? In everything as
God intends? Then do not focus on their faults and shortcomings,
but on the perfect Christ who wills such obedience. Know that
such obedience “is pleasing to the Lord.” (v.20b).
(or current-day servants or employees), are you chafing under
the authority of your master (or employer)? Even in community,
are you members having a hard time accepting the leadership
of those placed over you? You might just be complicating matters.
Have “simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord” (v.22b).
You might be looking at your leader and not finding him/her
suitable for the position. Well, God appointed him/her and
so you should just submit. Your action is “for the Lord
and not for others” (v.23b). You might not see what
benefit you will get from submitting to such a leader. Well,
your ultimate leader is Jesus, and he certainly will give
you your just reward. You should know “that you will
receive from the Lord the due payment” (v.24a). At the
end of the day, your submission is not to your human leader/master
but to Christ. So “be slaves of the Lord Christ.”
you grasp it now? You want all your relationships to go well?
Simple. Be centered on Christ (our very first Core Value in
CFC-FFL). Seek only to please him. “And whatever you
do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord