MUCH GIVEN, MUCH EXPECTED

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST

(Part 157)

MUCH GIVEN, MUCH EXPECTED

August 7, 2016

Today’s gospel:  Luke 12:32-48

In considering our life and mission today, we look back on 35 years and see that we have been greatly blessed by God and used as a powerful instrument of renewal.

  • Touching millions of lives in very many countries throughout the whole world.
  • Preserving and strengthening hundreds of thousands of families.
  • Being recognized by the Holy See as one of the ecclesial movements and new communities (EMNCs), the only one in Asia.
  • As CFC-FFL, being preserved from veering away and restored as a remnant to the authentic CFC charism.
  • Now being used by the Spirit to offer the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement to the Catholic Church as a lay response to the New Evangelization.

The above is not to bask in glory, but to look to our greater responsibility for the work of the Kingdom. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (v.48b). After 35 years, the work is just beginning. We look to doing even more, until the Lord returns.

When will the Lord return? Well, we are already in the end times. But the Lord will return “at an hour you do not expect” (v.40b). So we must be prepared and diligently at work. “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.” (v.35-36).

Unfortunately, many in the Church are unprepared and are not about the work of the Kingdom. Many are unmindful of the mission, the work of evangelization. So as they are not fighting the enemy in spiritual warfare, then they are fighting among themselves. The Lord’s servants “beat the menservants and the maidservants” (v.45b). Others just indulge in the world, as they “eat and drink and get drunk” (v.45c), possibly drinking too many piña coladas at the Country Club.

What happens to them? Jesus says that “that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.” (v.46). Such unfaithful servants will be punished severely!

Now you know what is expected of you. Especially the servant leaders. I have told you time and again what is our vision and mission, our life and work, our calling and vocation. You ignore these instructions to your peril. “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).

We are the faithful remnant. And God has revealed even more of His plan to us. We must go forth in faith and boldness, as His holy warriors, and continue to build His kingdom. “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” (v.32).

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