The Servant of the Lord

The reading from Isaiah 49:1-6 is very significant as it takes us back to our theme for the year 2011,

“My God is now my strength!” (Is 49:5d)

According to the eternal plan of God, we are destined to carry on our mission from the time we are in our mother’s womb.

God “formed (us) as his servant from the womb” (Is 49:5b).

Our mission is to evangelize in a big way, by bringing people, especially Catholics, back to God, and back to the Church.

“I will make you a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6c)

In order to fulfill our destiny, we ought to go to spiritual battle against the dominion of the evil one. Thus, God makes us His instruments, using us to enable His word to penetrate into the minds and hearts of people.

“He made (us) a sharpened arrow” (Is 49:2c)

But, is it enough to be His loyal and obedient servant?
God answers,

“Too little, he says, for you to be my servant” (Is 49:6a)

God expects us to give him something even more special and exciting along the way, as we serve him. In his eyes, the things that have been achieved and that have transpired before are small compared to what is to come. Just like how God went on to raise the old CFC; to the remnant that is CFC-FFL and LCSC to the Catholic Church, He intends to do rapid and great evangelization to the ends of the earth.

But will we be able to experience the strength of God and accomplish the mission, which is our calling from all eternity? Yes, we can through the help of CFC-FFL.

To be the Lord’s servant, it is important for us not to insist on having things our own way but to grasp the vision of God, and put our whole heart into achieving his mission.

“Only then can we experience His strength. Only then can His glory shine forth in and through us” (Is 49:3).

Read more at CFC-FFL

About Frank Padilla

Founder of the Couples for Christ (CFC) community. Way back in 1981, CFC was started through the initiative of the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community (LNP). In January 1981, LNP gathered 16 couples who went through a Life in the Spirit Seminar, with the intent of bringing them into LNP. But instead they were kept together for a few months after the program, until it was decided that a new group would be established to emphasize family life renewal. It would be an outreach of LNP. Frank and Gerry Padilla were among the 16 couples that became members in June of 1981 when CFC was born. Frank quickly emerged to be a top leader, and in 1985, he was already the Executive Director, running the day-to-day work of the whole community. In 1986 he went full-time for CFC and has been serving the community since, through two separate splits the community saw. Today he serves as the Servant General of CFC-FFL (Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life). Know more about the founder at CFC-FFL

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