[Below is the exhortation of Kuya Spanky Meer during the 2011 Feast of the Covenant.]
Dear Brothers & Sisters,
As we thank God for calling us to be His Covenant People living a particular way of life, allow me to address you this afternoon on two matters: dreams, and the work of the Holy Spirit.
For those of us who were growing up in the 1960s, the words: “I have a dream!” were immortalized by the black preacher, Martin Luther King, during a time of great racial prejudice and discrimination. His dream was that sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners could someday sit down around the table of brotherhood. His dream was that his four children would one day be judged by their character and not by the color of their skin.
I, too, have a dream! I have been inspired to share it with all of you due to a question asked of me during the Open Forum of the recent Covenant Candidates Retreat, about my vision for community. My dream/vision is founded and anchored on our identity and our call to be a Community of Disciples on Mission.
My dream/vision is to see:
- a COMMUNITY, TRANSGENERATIONAL and VIBRANT: transgenerational to include our grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren & generations to come; vibrant because it is imbued with the qualities of:
- love of a family
- discipline of an army, and
- the power and presence of the Holy Spirit (nb. based on 1980’s prophecy);
- radical — living a radical Christian life, not mediocre or compromising our kingdom values with the world’s values
- intimacy — growing in our intimate relationship with our Lord;
- community building (bulwark building),
- defense of the Gospel. (N.B. Recently the OLC came out with its position letter on the RH bill), and
- Christian unity or ecumenism. (John 17 was our Lord’s final prayer of unity, before He began His passion. It must be our prayer too!)
I am making it my personal mission to help sharpen and deepen our understanding, appreciation and ownership of our identity and our call, so that — by God’s grace — we can concretely live it out, in all its aspects, with Excellence! Together, let us live out this dream! Together, let us answer God’s call for us to be a Community of Disciples on Mission, with Excellence!
WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
When I first assumed my role as SHC, one of my battle cries was: 1 + 1 + HOLY SPIRIT = MIRACLES!
So I asked the Coordinators: “Let’s celebrate Pentecost together as a community!” But we couldn’t find an appropriate venue, so we did it as Sectors. The North Sector had its Vigil and the strong sense and prayer was: “Lord, help us in our UNBELIEF!” Since then, I have made it my own prayer and I ask all of you to make it yours too!
So when our Pathways Ministry for Evangelization brought to the OLC the proposal to stage a CATCHFIRE RALLY on Nov. 20, Christ the King Sunday, for 2-3,000 people at ULTRA, the OLC immediately approved it and said, “Why only 2-3,000? Let’s fill up the place with 5-6,000 people! Let’s invite our PIM, CFC, BCBP, LAIKO, etc.!”
Given the prevalent climate and culture of Moral Relativism, eg. RH bill, divorce bill, CCP Art exhibit that made fun of our Lord, let’s stand up and be counted! We are God’s army!
Why CATCHFIRE RALLY? To catch the fire of God’s love, to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit! It has two principal objectives: a) Renewal/ Revival, b) to be moved and inspired by the Holy Spirit to even greater action and mission! Our theme will be: One King, One People, One Mission!
It’s consistent with all our recent prophesies: Do more! Give more! Walk through the Open Door! Dream Big! Whether as a blazing fire or as a gentle flame, burn! Burn brightly, constantly! Don’t allow your fire to flicker or burn out!… And on my way here in the car, our Lord’s words to Peter flashed in my mind: “Do you love Me? Feed My sheep! (3x).”
It’s time to think out of the box. Let’s have a motorcade with balloons/banners from four points converging at Ultra, eg. LNP Center, Assumption Makati, EAPI Q.C., SOW house in Sct. Tobias Q.C. (4 sources of grace/life). Let’s use media – radio, TV, print, Facebook, Twitter. Let’s pray over, i.e. towards end of Mass, our government officials, (Sec Rogie Singson, et al.), the military (I asked Andy to invite Chief of Staff Gen. Oban, who used to be in his North Sector). We will even invite the Azkals and if they come, we will, led by our YA, pray over them representing the youth and athletes.
Brothers and sisters, starting today, let’s all pray for this event. Let’s be excited about what the Holy Spirit is doing and wants to continue to do in our midst. Let’s talk about it, encourage one another to be there. Let’s bring our families and friends. This is our contribution to the Church, our gift of praise, thanksgiving to our God, our gift of self to our God of the Covenant whose promises are true every morning!!
SPANKY MEER, Senior Head Coordinator