THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
ONE IN CHRIST - 2
Today’s reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
We as the one body of Christ are called to unity. Just as
the Trinity is one God though three Persons, we who are many
are “one body” (v.4a) in “one Spirit, ....
one Lord, .... one God and Father of all, who is over all
and through all and in all.” (v.4b,5a,6). We are all
Catholics, with “one faith, one baptism” (v.5b).
We as CFC-FFL have one vision and mission, “as you were
also called to the one hope of your call” (v.4c).
is crucial to our identity as Christians, as CFC-FFL, as one
universal Church. As such, we are to strive “to preserve
the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (v.3).
We are united as we are at peace with each other. Peace is
the Biblical shalom, which is being in right relationships
with each other--as true brethren in Christ, co-workers of
the Kingdom, and comrades-in-arms in the armies of God.
characterizes such peace? It is dealing with each other “with
all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one
another through love” (v.2). There will be disagreements,
there will be times when we hurt each other, there will be
tensions, but we can overcome as we strive to truly love each
other with the love of the Lord. We need to humble ourselves,
regarding others as more important than ourselves. We must
be gentle and patient in our dealings with each other, making
allowances for lapses and shortcomings of others.
has always been a challenge to the people of God, whose history
has been characterized by strife, splits and schisms. We are
no exception in CFC-FFL. But we must keep trying, as this
is God’s will for His people, and especially for those
whom He calls to a particularly important task in the building
of His Kingdom on earth. “I, then, a prisoner for the
Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you
have received” (v.1).