THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
OUR GREAT CALLING
Today’s reading: Romans 9:1-5
What a great calling we have as Christians, as Catholics,
as CFC-FFL. Christians are the new Israel. Christians are
successors to the promises and plan of God for His people.
is the supreme blessing upon Israel? “They are Israelites;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving
of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs the patriarchs,
and from them, according to the flesh, is the Messiah.”
(v.4-5a). Awesome. They had it all.
Israel rejected Jesus, and so God moved on. God established
the Christian Church. But many Christians eventually rejected
the one true Church established by God, the holy Roman Catholic
Church. And so there was division. Now within the Catholic
Church, God raised CFC. But some veered away, and so there
was division, resulting in the establishment of the CFC faithful
to its charism and led by its founder, which is CFC-FFL. Now,
within CFC-FFL, there are still those who do not live out
the fullness of its vision and mission. And so our community
does not move forward as one in the fullness of power in the
we realize how awesome is our calling? Part of the New Israel.
Part of the one, holy and apostolic Catholic Church. Part
of CFC as one of the new ecclesial movements for the work
of the third millennium, engaged in rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization. Part of CFC-FFL which has entered deeply into
the heart of the Church and now offers itself to help the
Church mainstream Catholic lay evangelization.
How can we not give our all to such generosity showered upon
us by God? Through the years, and especially after the restoration
in 2007, I have ceaselessly expounded on our life and mission.
Like Paul, “I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie”
(v.1a). And like Paul, seeing some of our brethren not going
all out for our mission, thus not enabling our community to
fully offer the wonderful gift God has given us to share with
the rest of His Church, “I have great sorrow and constant
anguish in my heart.” (v.2).
can we live out the fullness of God’s love for us? How
can we fulfill our destiny according to the plan of God? When
can we finally say, “God who is over all be blessed
forever. Amen.” (v.5b)?
Following is part of the footnote in the New American Bible
on Romans 9:1-11:36. “Paul addresses himself here to
the essential question of how the divine plan could be frustrated
by Israel’s unbelief. At the same time, he discourages
both complacency and anxiety on the part of Gentiles. To those
who might boast of their superior advantage over Jews, he
warns that their enjoyment of the blessings assigned to Israel
can be terminated. To those who might anxiously ask, ‘How
can we be sure that Israel’s fate will not be ours?’
he replies that only unbelief can deprive one of salvation.”
May we in CFC-FFL not frustrate God’s divine plan. May
we remain humble in the face of God using us powerfully in
the life and mission of the Church. May we remain faithful
to our call so that God will not find reason to terminate
His task and blessings upon us. May we have the faith that
ensures salvation, for us and for those we will be privileged
For discussion in households:
Do you understand the vision and mission of CFC-FFL today,
as put forth by the founder and Servant General? Are you one
with him and fully on board?