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(Part 24)


August 10, 2014
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.

What 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.

But 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 Holy Spirit.

Do 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).

How 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)?

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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 to evangelize.

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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?

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