Way Forward #6
December 1, 2007
My dear brethren in
It is with great joy
that I greet you as we all look forward to the start
of the Advent season tomorrow. We will be celebrating
the coming of Jesus into the world, ushering in the
fulfillment of God’s promises for restoration
CFC-FFL is all about
restoration—the restoration of our authentic
charism of family life and evangelization. This is
what CFC is all about. This is the reason God raised
CFC way back in 1981. This is the way by which we
have received the bountiful blessings of God, upon
our families and upon our mission in the world.
CFC-FFL is all about
restoring the focus on Christ, who came into the world
to win for us our salvation. Jesus is at the center
of our lives and of our work. We can never put him
aside, even in the name of helping uplift the plight
of the poor. In fact, since bringing glad tidings
to the poor is the very mission of Jesus, he has to
be at the very center of the work. This is what we
in CFC-FFL affirm.
We are about to end
the year 2007. This year God brought us to Lamentations.
The lessons God has taught us are to be learned, even
beyond this year. I encourage you, if you have not
yet, to get hold of my book “40 Days of Lamentations”
and use that as your textbook for learning and living
out the lessons of Lamentations.
As we learn our lessons,
then Lamentations, as we have always said, will be
a journey of hope and joy. This year our theme is
on hope. Next year our theme is on joy. We rejoice
in Christ. More importantly, as the prophet Zephaniah
says, God will rejoice in us!
Jesus is coming into
the world (per our celebration of Advent) and he is
our Savior. “The Lord, your God, is in your
midst, a mighty savior” (Zep 3:17a). If we learn
the lessons of Lamentations, if we repent of our infidelities,
if we strive to be faithful to our covenant, if we
walk the path of holiness, then we will truly be God’s
people, a people pleasing to Him. “He will rejoice
over you with gladness” (Zep 3:17b). And when
God restores His people, then He will also renew them
in His love (Zep 17c). Restoration opens us to God’s
grace and thus enables us to live out His commandments
of love—love for God and love for neighbor.
When all these happen,
then imagine God in the heavenly karaoke room in heaven
(please forgive me this irreverent comparison). “He
will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at
festivals” (Zep 3:17d-18a). God will rejoice.
God will sing. God will dance. All these happen, as
God says, “when I bring about your restoration
before your very eyes, says the Lord” (Zep 3:20c).
Today, before our
very eyes, we are experiencing restoration. This fills
us with great hope. This fills our hearts with great
May the Lord continue
to bless you abundantly.
Your brother in Christ,
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