THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
EXHORTED BY ISAIAH
December 13, 2019
Today’s reading: Isaiah 48:17-19
God’s chosen people had been in exile in Babylon. God
would then use King Cyrus of Persia to overcome Babylon and
free Israel from captivity, allowing them to return to their
homeland. We too are like exiles living in a world that is
under the dominion of the evil one. Our goal is to return
to the Kingdom that is God’s. Our task is to help re-establish
the Church that has been weakened by disobedience, rebellion
is our work as Missionary Families of Christ. For us to succeed,
we must be firmly founded on the Rock that is Christ. Isaiah’s
words then have relevance for us now.
are “of Christ.” “Thus says the Lord, your
redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord, your God,
teaching you how to prevail, leading you on the way you should
go. If only you would attend to my commandments, your peace
would be like a river, your vindication like the waves of
the sea” (v.17-18). The one who builds his house on
rock is the wise man who listens to and acts on the words
of God, doing the will of the Father. Then there will be the
rains and the floods and the winds, but his house will not
collapse. In fact, the river and the waves would vindicate
his actions, as his house withstands it all. Jesus teaches
us and leads us on the way. As we are of Christ and belong
totally to him, we obey, and we will prevail.
are “Families.” If we are founded on the Rock
that is Christ, then God’s assurance is this: “Your
descendants like the sand, the offspring of your loins like
its grains, their name never cut off or blotted out from my
presence.” (v.19). The blessings of God will extend
to our children and our children’s children, and then
on to and through the generations. As families we remain in
Christ. We work for the renewal and strengthening of our families,
which happens only when all are founded on Jesus.
are “Missionary.” We are of the world but not
of it. We are holy warriors following the Holy One of Israel.
We flee this world where we are exiled and bring the salvation
of Jesus to every nation. “Go forth from Babylon, flee
from Chaldea! With shouts of joy declare this, announce it;
make it known to the ends of the earth, say: ‘The Lord
has redeemed his servant Jacob.’” (v.20). We are
to proclaim Christ the Redeemer and make him known everywhere
in the world, starting with God’s own people who are
lapsed in their faith.
MFC, we are to be founded on the Rock that is Christ.