By Teny Mardo
CFC SFL Fulltime
WE MET CHRIST.
This retreat for the SFLs Committed Servants allowed us all to meet again Christ and be reminded of why, how and when do we meet Christ. Our SFLs servants from New Jersey, Chicago, Houston, Austin and RGV [Rio Grande Valley] arrived in Dallas to experience this “different” weekend for them.
Fr. Joseph Trinh, administrator of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish gave the first session, Meet Christ. He “wowed” us of his passion as a priest and as servant of God. He shared to us that his presence and words at that moment were not religious or spiritual but what, us, human needed to know be reminded of. According to him meeting Christ is like looking at the mirror and seeing our face and knowing who that person is. We are called to know ourselves, have that sense of self-knowledge, self-growth to reach self-maturity and only then we can be ready to know Christ! It is in Christ that we see ourselves and that in return when we meet Christ, we meet our real self. People must experience the Christ in us.
It was a surprise when Fr. Joseph arrived in the venue and asked us how the session flow will go. After discussing it with him, he asked if he can stay for adoration and confession. The adoration was really part of the session. To our surprised, he offered time for confession while exposition is happening. I was teary eyed hearing this offer from him. What else can we say, but , “Yes, Father!” He said, to meet Christ is to have Him face to face and to come to Him through confession. And Fr. Joseph allowed himself to be Christ’s instrument at that very moment so we can experience how it is to meet Christ!
We just prayed for a good priest to be our speaker for Session 1, and Christ sent us “Himself” through Fr. Joseph. That is totally bigger than what we asked for!
WE LIVED CHRIST and we commit to live more for Him!
This whole weekend of being with SFLs from different parts of US allowed us to see and experienced how we are all living the Christ in us. We’ve heard brothers and sisters who gave their testimonies on God’s greatness in their lives amidst their unfaithfulness, on living like Christ in the world where Christ is no longer the basis of living, on living Christ even in difficulties of portraying our different roles as children to our parents, as siblings to our brothers and sisters in the family, as community servant as a friend and as a follower of Christ, and we have heard and seen how we are all really struggling to “live Christ” and “like Christ!” We are blessed to be called servants of this community. This community have consistently shared with us, what it really means to be called “for Christ!”
This weekend allowed us to experience what SFL life must be. We worshiped and adored Christ and we had fun during our “fellowship” with our SFL brothers and sisters, only to find out that as we all went back to our cabin, our inspiring coordinators we’re jamming with their pajamas. We all sat there watching them and enjoying their music. In my heart, I felt Jesus telling me, this how you live me, be a happy worker and share the happiness to many! We just asked for a very inspiring weekend, and God allowed us to see Him in the presence of our brethren, happy and spiritual! That is bigger that just having a friend who can treat you. These SFLs can give you more, moral support and prayers! This is how they live Christ! Bigger than what the world can offer.
WE WILL SHARE CHRIST!
Christ is so “big” that we cannot fathom the works of His mind!
Our last speaker made us realized how it is possible that as we portray our many roles in life, we are called to “share Christ!” He came up in front giving his talk with his police officer uniform! How randomly big can that be?! We are called to share Christ wherever we are and whatever profession we have at the moment. It is not a question of how we should do it but how ready are we to do it?! We are called to be mission ready and we are called to do this “mission” in every way we can. Whether we are in school, office, our homes, with our friends and even in using our social networks to share the big Christ we have!
The whole weekend was a complete “retreat” for us all. We were recharged and ignited once again as to how we will live and share Christ! When the service team was preparing for this, we knew how the whole thing will go. But when the whole weekend was already there, things were changing, blessing after blessing. And so we just felt, to let go and let God! And it did happen! It is true, that everything here in Texas is big. Event that weekend was “big!” Christ was the the biggest during that weekend and He will always be! It is the same thing that we carried to our hearts going back to our different areas of service. With Christ’s greatness, we can be “committed servants” because He made us “worthy” to have our hands’ labors be all for His glory!
COMMITTED SERVANTS WEEKEND – DALLAS, TEXAS
MEET CHRIST, LIVE CHRIST SHARE CHRIST / MARCH 16-17, 2013