“In the Midst of Challenging but Spirit-filled Times”
Message of Spanky Meer, Senior Head Coordinator (Feast of the Covenant 2013)
We have just finished our 40 Days of Renewal. Six weeks of reflecting and re-discovering our faith and the joy of living it and sharing it with others.
Allow me to focus and expound on the theme of one of those weeks, the 5th Week, “Facing the Crisis of Faith Together”. It says somewhere on the 5th week: “Many Christians today are in crisis and they may not even be aware of it.”
Let me cite 3 reasons for the said crisis of faith:
First, Radical Secularism – it refers to the view that reason and science are superior to faith and morals. Faith is reserved only for one’s private and personal life. Faith has no role in the public arena or in society. Religious symbols and prayers — they are to be banned in public areas. Radical Secularism.
Second reason. Relativism – What does relativism speak of? It says that there is no universal or absolute truth. Everything depends on the individual or culture. The effect of relativism is a disregard for God, the notion of sin. It results in the loss of the sense of anything sacred.
The third, Practical Atheism – A term I just heard during our Coordinators’ Retreat. It doesn’t say that God does not exist. It refers to our lives being so busy, so cluttered, that God becomes only one of the many “good” things in our lives. “I am in control . Life is about me, about my happiness, about my feeling good.” The effect of practical atheism: Lack of trust in God.
In the face of all these, God has spoken to us in various prophecies about darkness…darkness!
In our 2013 banner (if you remember during our July Anniversary ), the OLC came to the conclusion that of all the many messages and prophecies, the central message to us as a community from our Lord is,( do you remember what it says in the banner?):
More Grace, New Power, Fight this Present Darkness!
So brothers and sisters, God has been preparing us to face this crisis of faith together, in at least 2 ways:
First way: He has placed us in Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community.
And I will quote again from Week 5; “by living lives centered on faith in Jesus, rooted in the truth of the Gospel, strengthened by loving relationships, we have a positive environment helping us to face not only life’s burdens and difficulties and challenges together but also to carry out the mission God has entrusted to us.”
So first and foremost, God has placed us in community with you, all of us, brothers and sisters.
Second, God gave us also a dynamic Pope Francis. A model of simplicity, humility, love and compassion.
A reporter who was covering the Pope during the World Youth Day in Brazil stopped counting when he reached the number 138. 138 and counting — the number of babies, children, old people that Pope Francis embraced and kissed as he visited slums of Brazil.
What did he tell the youth? “Go out in the streets and ‘create a mess’, loving and sharing your faith.” He exhorted all Christians to go out into the fringes of society, to the poor and the lost. Pope Francis reminds us that “Christianity without the Cross is not authentic”.
So my brothers and sisters, the battle rages!
We need to band together and pray for World Peace. We are familiar with what is happening: the chemical warfare in Syria; the violence in Zamboanga; the graft and corruption referred to earlier by our sister Grace; the P10 B Pork Barrel Scam and Controversy hugging the limelight and the headlines for past several weeks. Even the RH law; the contraceptive mentality, the threat to marriage and all the moral values we hold sacred. Yes, the battle rages and there is no room for complacency, mediocrity or relaxing our commitment.
The “Open Door” Prophecy. We are all familiar with that. God says to you, to you and to me: “Walk through that Open Door. Enter into a new era of mission.”
Ligaya, “Duc in Altum, Put out into the deep!”
Ligaya, as it is said in 1 Peter 2:9: Ligaya, “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Thank you Lord that we are covenanted to You and to each other in Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon and in the Sword of the Spirit.
And to You dear God, always, may the glory and honor be Yours, now and forever. Amen.