FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
UNITY UNDER GOD
January 1, 2017
The most important aspect of unity is our all being children of God. This is the work of the Triune God–Father, Son, Holy Spirit. “As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Gal 4:6). We have been moved from out of slavery to sin and the evil one, and reintegrated into God’s family. “So you are no longer a slave but a child” (Gal 4:7a).
But many are still in slavery to sin–mammon, power, selfishness, materialism, sexual licentiousness, hedonism, greed, gossip, rivalry, factionalism, and the like. And so we, the people of God, His Church, remain divided. But Jesus has already come, as the first among brothers, to restore us to the family of God. So “when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption.” (Gal 4:4-5). And we should be looking to the unity of the Holy Family, with “Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” (Lk 2:16). But we have not adequately responded.
We should be united under the Prince of Peace, but Jesus also came for division. There are those who accept him, and those who reject him. So those who accept him must work to turn around those who reject him. Those who have met and know him must share him with others. This is the work of evangelization. God wants to bless us and use us to do a mighty work of worldwide evangelization. “May God bless us still; that the ends of the earth may revere him.” (Ps 67:8). The goal is to get people to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. “May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you!” (Ps 67:4).
The Triune God is one. The Holy Family is united. Being God’s children, we in CFC-FFL must likewise be united–in mind, heart, vision and mission. So as we start this new year, let us strive for peace, unity and order in the body. Let us use LCSC to unite our Church in the work of the New Evangelization. Let us look to less strife in the world and to greater unity. Let us look to the peace of Christ in our lives, in our families and in our communities and parishes.
For all that, I invoke the Aaronic blessing upon you all.
“The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!”
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