God Never Goes Back On Any One Who Stakes His/Her All On Him

What does to stake all on GOD? It simple means trusting God completely, obeying God completely and living wholly for God. Being a Christian is a special vocation. It is a call for mission that demands total surrender and a total yes to God. It calls for love of God and love of neighbor expressed in total obedience to God. It is a vocation of complete trust and faith in God and complete obedience to him. This is what we express when we pray, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty”.

We trust in him because he can take care of us; even if he crushes us, have will restore us, for alive or dead, we belong to him Rom 14:8. We believe in God because all that he has revealed is true. We obey him completely because he does not ask of us  what is impossible.

God has always manifested himself in those who co-operate with his grace. They reflect his glory, they experience his blessings and become channels of these blessings. They are called the same way every other person is called. Each of them has a difficult mission from the Father and trials to undergo. We have examples of such people from among the Saints. In Gen 12, God called Abraham for the mission of separating worshippers of one true God from idol worshippers. God told Abraham that he will be a blessing. Abraham obeyed and abandoned his kinsmen and women for an unknown land. Further, in Gen. 17, God made a covenant with Abraham. God promised to multiply his descendants and asked Abraham was living with the trial of having no child. It was a difficult cross as Abraham expressed in Gen. 17:17-18, but God re-assured him and he remained faithful. In Gen. 22, God asked Abraham of a sacrifice of the son of the covenant. Abraham obeyed. God multiplied his blessings.

The mission of Moses was difficult too. He had to meet with Pharaoh and carried the people on his shoulders. By signs and wonders God subdued Pharaoh through the plagues (Exo. 7:11), divided the Red Sea, gave them water from the rock, gave them manner from Heaven, gave them quails for meat and defeated their enemies.

Elijah had the mission of fighting idolatry of his time. Finally, God won victory in the fiery conquest over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 King 18). He had to flee from the enemy to Mount Horeb to meet the Lord. There he declared “I am consumed with a jealous zeal for the Lord God of Hosts (1 King 19:10).

The Blessed Virgin Mary embraced her mission if being the Mother if the Redeemer with her fiat. Her soul was pierced with a sword when she stood at the foot of the cross (Luke 2:35; John 19:25-26). Now she is Mediatrix of all graces because she is full of grace.

Peter, other Apostles and other Saints of the early Christians suffered martyrdom. Other men and women who had the faith to stake their all on God include Francis of Assisi, Franceis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, John Baptist De La Salle, Theresa of Avila, Theresa of the Child Jesus, Theresa of Calcuta, Justin Martyr and many others. God manifested his glory in their lives and made them channels of his blessings.


The Evangelical Superiority Of Consecrated Life

It is important that Bishops, Priests and Deacons, convinced of the evangelical superiority of this kind of life should strive to discover and encourage the seeds of vocation through preaching, discernment and wise spiritual guidance; for they spread the fragrance of Christ in the society (cf. 2 Cor. 2:15). The whole Christian community – pastors, laity and consecrated persons – is responsible for the consecrated life, for welcoming and supporting new vocations”. St. John Paul 11, Vita Consecrata, No. 105.

Jesus Christ, the Supreme Consecrated One and Missionary of the Father (cf. Vita Consecrata, No. 22)

The Father is the Initiator of Jesus’ consecration; He is the source of all holiness, the ultimate origin of consecrated life. The Father consecrated Jesus through the action of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38; John 10:36; Luke 4:18). The mission of the consecrated One is total self-giving, self-oblation, self-sacrifice to God; to give unbounded love and generosity to God. Thus, Christ who has equality with God offered his will totally to God in virginity (Exod. 12:15; 1 Pet. 1:19), in obedience (Luke 2:49; Heb. 10:5,7; Phil 2:7-8) and in poverty (2 Cor. 8:9). Further, the supreme Consecrated One reveals the face of the Father (John 14:9-11; Lk. 15:12-24). He brings good news to the poor and announces the year of God’s favour (Luke 4:18-19). The supreme Consecrated One epitomizes his mission on the Cross at Calvary (Vita Consecrata, 23). Thus, the Holy Mass is the highest prayer, since it is “Calvary re-visited”. The Father glorified him by raising him from the dead. Now he is sitting at the right hand of the Father.

The Consecrated Person

The consecrated person is called to a radical response to the love of God, to be the image of the Supreme Consecrated One and Missionary of the Father in daily life; to follow Christ beyond keeping the commandments, to the level of the total renunciation (Matt. 19:21). She is consecrated in the example of Christ and follows Christ in total self-oblation in order to give unbounded love and generosity to God. The person withdraws from creatures and even from self in order to be filled with the Spirit of Christ. The mission is to spread the fragrance of Christ on the (2 Cor. 2:15) and to constitute a living memorial of Jesus’ way of life; to reveal the passing nature of this world and the perfect way of uniting oneself with Christ (Matt. 19:21). Her life is thus an eschatological sign, a foreshadowing of the future kingdom. Her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience are the means of total self-giving to God after the example of Christ. The Apostolate is the means of revealing the face of the Father and announcing the year of God’s favour. Community life is because he sent them in twos (Mark 6:8), the means of loving those who are with him to the end by washing their feet and of laying down one’s life for the friends (John 13:1-18).


THE EFFICACY OF THE WORD

The word of God is powerful that it always achieves its purpose (Is 55:11). God created the whole world through the power of His word. Every word spoken by God came to be. He promised Abraham that his descendants will be as many as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the seashore, and so it is (Gen 15:15). When God made the promise to Abraham, he swore by His own self (Heb 6:13).

God promised the Israelites that He will send them a prophet like Moses, and that He will put His word in the mouth of the Prophet (Debut 18:18). Jesus speaking to the Samaritan Woman said, "...I am He", (John 4:26). God also said that the Prophet-Messiah would suffer, and through His wounds sin will be forgiven and healing will come (Is 53:5), and so it is.

The word is fulfilled in our prayers and our declarations because Scripture says that those to whom the word of God has been sent, they are gods (John 10:34-35). However, there is a basic condition for this. We must break away from sin; we must purify ourselves both in body and in spirit (2 For 7:1).

In addition, we must make the word our own. We do this by developing a great love for the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, we must believe the word, read the word, pray the word and proclaim the word. We must befriend our Bible and carry it about. In the words of our grand Father Founder, St John Baptist De LA Salle, " they shall have a most profound respect for the Holy Scriptures, and in proof thereof, they shall always carry the New Testament about them, and pass no day without reading some of it through a sentiment of faith, respect and veneration for the divine word therein contained, looking upon it as their first and principal rule (Common Rule of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Manuscript Copy, 1718).

Further, our Father Founder, Rev. Br Prof. Anselm Uba, FSC asked is to read the Bible first thing in the morning and last thing at night since first and last thing in the day make lasting Impressions.

If we read the Scriptures as we have been enjoined, the Holy Spirit will teach us the complete truth as the Lord promised (John 24:45).

In conclusion, the word is efficacious, that is, it serves what it is sent to do. So, we are challenged to pick up and read, love the word, pray the word and share the word. Surely, the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself (John 14:21) and the fruit will become manifest.

Peace Be With You.

STAY WITH US LORD JESUS! NOW AND FOREVER!!


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