(Teaching and Formation Life)
Nature of Prophetic Function
LLMS Constitutuion, Chapter 3, Articale 2, Section 2:C
The function of a prophet is to speak God’s message to the people in the name and authority of God conferred upon us through the Church, starting at Baptism.
“To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:8-9)
As Prophet Jesus constantly taught and trained His disciples by the authority of the Father to evangelize and share constantly the Good News of Salvation. “The Kingdom of God is at hand (now here)!” He used actual events, situations and environment and their own experiences as a content or “textbook” in training his “disciples” (learners) who one day would become “apostles” (messengers or missionaries).
The life of Jesus is a commitment to constant evangelization and sharing of the Good News of Salvation through the experiences of life. He went about preaching the Gospel “in season and out of season” sharing with his friends and acquaintances and with those who invited him and with the general public.
When people come together, they talk about many things; and many of the topics that they share come from their experiences in the past; but much of these conversations are not related with the Gospel or an interest to share the Good News and to put this into action.
Every individual is called, baptized, confirmed to share the Gospel, but it has to be in consonance with the Words that Jesus our Lord revealed as written in Scriptures and as the “church” or Christian community teaches. “Through the church” means that one’s teaching should always be in unity with what the Gospel is saying and the experiences of the Church. As Christians we are supposed to share our lives according as they are lived according to the Gospel, not merely by one’s natural culture or interpretation that is without consonance with Scriptures and the Teaching of the Magisterium (official teaching) of the Church.
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (2 Tim 4:1-2)
Jesus never stopped the Formation program of His followers towards fulfilling the Plan of God. Lord’s Leaven Missionaries, therefore, like Our Lord Jesus should live their life as a constant Kerygma and a proclamation towards growing fulfillment of the Plan of God. They pursue an ongoing Formation Program in order to grow in the knowledge of the mysteries and truths of God. They also must remove the moral blocks that become obstacles to the outpouring of the power of the Holy Spirit. They do this by constant contemplation, meditation and frequent Communion and Confession. And in simple childlike and direct faith, they put into practice their God-given powers and charisms as every opportunity presents itself.
There are two kinds of members in Lord’s Leaven Mission: Associate Members and Regular Members.
Lord’s Leaven Associate Members are ordinary members of the mission by being a member of a Cenacle Team of Prayer. They get their regular teachings in the faith through their Weekly Cenacle Team Prayer, Walk Through and Fellowship as they share God’s message to one another with the guidance of a trained Facilitator or Regular Member.
However, the Regular Members who are really serious about getting proper training in becoming commissioned Facilitators with authority from the Church should undertake a stricter process of Formation Program in the Stages of Mission in the Pastoral Management Institute (PMI) of the Lord’s Leaven Mission Society. These are commissioned by their Spiritual Director, or parish priest or bishop in the Stages of the Mission based on their accomplishment of requirements for Regular Members.
In relation to building the Kingdom of God both Associate and Regular Members of the Mission Society are called to exercise their Prophetic Function on a regular basis by helping develop individuals, families and communities by means of an ongoing process and activities of prayer, evangelization, study and formation and outreach mutual service among the members of their Cenacle Teams in a Basic Ecclesial Community.
The Formation Program in Lord’s Leaven is pursued not simply to join a Cenacle merely for prayer and fellowship, nor to “know theoretically” the teachings of Our Lord, but to be able to live and put them into practice by sharing the power and glory of God with others so that they also may be able to live what God expects of them. As Jesus said,
“Why do you come to me and call me ‘Lord! Lord!” and you do not follow what I say?” (Mt 7:21 / Lk 6:46)
Obedience to the Spirituality and Procedures of the Constitution of the Mission Society is the primary mark of a true member of the Mission. The knowledge about the mission is only a result of doing the Stages of the Mission and in putting into practice what the Constitution says. Obedience to God’s commands imbibed in the Constitution of the Mission is true love of God.
“If you love me, keep my commands.’ (Jn 14:15)
As Sta. Teresa d’Avila says,
“It is not a matter of knowing much but rather of loving much.”
Those who are evangelized, who know, believe and put into action what God the Father and the Lord Jesus said will experience the power of being sons and daughters of God.