FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 52)

GREAT LIKE A CHILD

August 14, 2018
Today’s gospel: Matthew 18:1-14

The disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (v.1). Was this about power and position, as in the case of Peter upon whom Jesus was going to build his church? Was it about their works of healing the sick and driving out demons? Was it about being in the inner circle of Jesus as some of them witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration in the awesome presence of Moses and Elijah? Talking about greatness, these would be it!

But again, Jesus confounds them. “He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” (v.3-4). Unless you become like a child, you are not only not the greatest in the kingdom of God, but you will not even enter it!

How shocking and bewildering this must have been for the disciples. A child was a nobody in Jewish society. A child had no power and was totally dependent on others. But then, in relation to God, that is how it needs to be. We cannot be great unless we are totally dependent and reliant on God, unless any power we exercise emanates from Him, unless everything we do redounds to His glory.

A child is innocent and pure (though naughty at times). We too must be pure. So much so that if our hand or foot or eye causes us to sin, it is better to cut it off and throw it away (v.8-9). We are called to holiness and Christian perfection. It is only as such that we can become great in Christ.

Then to be great in deed is to do the divine work of God. And the most important work is that of evangelization, because this is about helping people to attain the salvation that Jesus already won for them. Every Christian is to be an evangelizer. This work is at the very heart of God, as “it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (v.14). Thus the man with a hundred sheep searches for the one sheep that has gone astray, and rejoices when he finds it (v.12-13). This is a parable on God’s mercy and love for everyone. But this is a greater challenge today, since not only one but 99 of the 100 sheep have strayed and are lost. The work of bringing back the lost sheep has been entrusted to God’s people. How awesome and great that work is, being the very work of Jesus the Savior.

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Through all of our 29 years, we have spoken much of our vision and mission, who we are, what we are called to do. We know that we are an evangelistic and missionary community. This has been true from the very beginning and has never changed. We do our work within the context of family renewal. That is one distinct factor that distinguishes us from other renewal movements.
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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is the greatest gift God gives to His people. The Eucharist is our path to holiness and Christian perfection. The Eucharist is crucial to our work of the New Evangelization. We must have greater understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist, so that we can go forth and truly be effective witnesses to salvation in Jesus.

Servant leadership is crucial to our work of building up community and of doing a massive work of evangelization. Unfortunately, many who are leaders in our Church today may not have the heart of a servant. But Jesus, our Lord and Master, came not to be served but to serve. He is our main model.


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CBCP Gives Recognition to CFC- FFL

The Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the  Philippines (CBCP) has given formal recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL) as a National Private Association of the Lay Faithful. 

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CFC FFL Gets Ecclesiastical Recognition

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has given Ecclesiastical Recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life on November 17, 2009.  Click on the image below to view the Ecclesiastical Recognition document.


CFC-FFL Servant General Re-Appointed to the Pontifical Council of Family

After having been re-appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Padillas admitted that they are facing truckload of works to do with the Council given the numerous attacks being directed against the Church's doctrines on family and life. 

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