FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
EXPECTING AND REQUIRING MUCH
October 21, 2015
Today’s gospel: Luke 12:39-48
We are all servants of our Master Jesus. We are to do what he wants us to do. One thing he most wants us to do is to proclaim the gospel of salvation in him. This was in fact his final marching orders to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.
Our whole Church is missionary, and all Christians are supposed to be witnesses and evangelizers. We must share Christ. However, there are those persons and groups that are specifically and especially called to evangelization and mission. We in CFC-FFL are such.
In 34 years, God has given us much. We grew in numbers, we were at one time present in 160 countries, we were officially recognized by the Vatican. Even today, God gives us so much. One thing He has given us is a new methodology of doing rapid and massive evangelization, and that is LCSC. This is a concrete response to the New Evangelization and a way by which the 99 lost sheep might be found and brought back.
Thus we see that God has given us very important and crucial work. And having given us much, He expects and requires much from us. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (v.48b). More and still more will be demanded.
Now no CFC-FFL member can say that he does not know what our task is and what is expected of him. We have after all been pounding and expounding on our life and mission in so many ways through the years. If we do not respond accordingly, then we will be punished. “That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely” (v.47). Punished? Nay, we will be beaten severely! Why? Because this work of God is so important and is so crucial to saving souls.
Now there are those among us who might understand the call, but somehow not act decisively on it. There are various aspects of this.
- There are those who have grown complacent, knowing Jesus will return but since he has not, have also not acted with urgency. That “servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming’” (v.45a).
- There are those who would prefer not to get dirty or troubled by going on to mission but would rather sip pina coladas at the Country Club. They are those who “eat and drink and get drunk.” (v.45c).
- There are those who malign their fellow servants and cause dissent and disunity in the body. They “beat the menservants and the maidservants” (v.45b).
What will happen to the above when Jesus returns? Jesus our Master “will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.” (v.46b). What then must we do? We must be “the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge ….” (v.42a) of his all-important work.
We in CFC-FFL have been called, chosen, equipped, empowered and privileged. Much depends on how we respond. The Master depends on us to get his will done. We have a grave responsibility. There is no time to lose. This is because there are so many souls to be won and we do not know how much time we have to do so. “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (v.40).
May we be found faithful when Jesus returns. “Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.” (v.43).
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