THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A REBELLIOUS HOUSE
God raised, loved and used Israel for His glory. But they
were disloyal, disobedient, and veered away. “They are
such a rebellious house!” (Ez 12:2c). God sent prophets
to chastise and rebuke them, and bring them back to the plan
of God. But oftentimes they rejected the prophetic word. “They
have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear but do
not hear.” (Ez 12:2b).
the same way, God raised, loved and used CFC (CFC-FFL) for
His glory. CFC split in 2007 because there were those who
veered away. Today the restored CFC, CFC-FFL, moves forward
in its life and mission, faithful to its authentic charism,
deeper into the heart of the Church. But is everyone on board?
Are there still some who have eyes but do not see or fully
grasp the vision, especially in relation to the call to the
New Evangelization? Are there still those who have ears but
do not hear or fully respond to the marching orders given
by the Servant General?
of our CFC-FFL brethren are actually on board. But given the
enormous task God has for us, God wants everyone fully on
board and no one to be left out, and so continues to speak
His prophetic word to us. To be fully on board is not only
to assent to the vision and direction given, but to strive
to give one’s all to the work.
“But they tested and rebelled against God Most High”
(Ps 78:56a). How is rebellion to God manifested?
“His decrees they did not observe.” (Ps 78:56b).
It is not fully heeding the directions given by the leadership
appointed by God.
turned disloyal” (Ps 78:57a). It is not being true
to the vision and mission of the community, as expounded
on by the founder.
proved false like a slack bow.” (Ps 78:57b). It is
not fully responding to the call to be warriors to engage
in massive spiritual warfare, thus not enabling the army
to be able to call on and depend on everyone.
enraged him with their high places, and with their idols
provoked him to jealous anger.” (Ps 78:58). It is
having priorities other than God’s and the work given
What is the consequence of such rebellion?
heard and grew angry; he rejected Israel completely.”
(Ps 78:59). Given the extent of the work to be done, given
the privilege given to His people to participate, nay, to
lead in that work, God grows angry at His people who do
not fully engage in the work. And given the great need to
proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus, if we do not
fully respond to the task and rise to the challenge, then
God will reject us and move on, finding other people who
can do the task.
forsook the shrine at Shiloh, the tent he set up among human
beings.” (Ps 78:60). The shrine at Shiloh, despite
its holy status, was destroyed. We can have our spirituality,
our worship, our devotions, but if we do not do the work
God entrusts to us, then we still fall far short.
gave up his might into captivity, his glorious ark into
the hands of the foe.” (Ps 78:61). If we are not fully
engaged in God’s war, if we spend our resources in
aspects other than what He has given us to do, then we are
not going to experience the fullness of God’s power
and strength. We will experience more defeats at the hands
of the enemy.
delivered his people to the sword; he was enraged against
his heritage.” (Ps 78:62). Those who rebel against
God will die.
Today God presents to us in CFC-FFL a glorious future. He
shows us the way to being saints, martyrs and warriors. He
has already given us our lay response to the New Evangelization.
He enables us to truly be a servant to the Church. It is a
great privilege as well as a great responsibility.
everyone respond fully, whole-heartedly and zealously. Onward
to the New Evangelization!