On Praying and Being Sent Forth

Luke 4: 38-44
Col 1:1-8 / Ps 52:10,11

I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.

Jesus will show us our mission
If we’re willing to be sent forth;
Seek God’s will in meditation,
And discover what life is worth.

From the synagogue, Jesus and His disciples went to the home of Peter. Now it happened that Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. Jesus rebuked the fever, and it left her; she got up at once and began to serve them. When evening came, people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Evil spirits also came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ. At daybreak Jesus finally took a break and went out to a solitary place. But the people still sought Him out and when they found Him, tried to persuade Him to return. But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”

Reflection

It was only at the end of the Sabbath (Saturday sundown) that the Jews could carry their sick, so even before Jesus could rest and have dinner, people were already at the door of Peter’s house bringing their relatives for healing. Jesus must have attended to the sick and possessed well into the night, and yet had to get up early at dawn, because it was the only time that He could communicate with the Father without interruption. Meditation is always an important part of ministry, and we learn here that the best time to set aside prayers for God is early in the morning. Our Lord shows us that a morning prayer is the best way to start your day.

We all draw strength and guidance from prayers. We learn this in today’s Gospel as the real purpose and importance of prayer. We get our ‘marching orders’ for the day, and the confidence that things will turn out right for the whole day because we started it right by praying. It doesn’t matter if the tasks that confront us are heavy or seem insurmountable. When we touch base with the Lord, nothing is impossible.

If we must be true apostles of Christ, we must be willing to be “sent forth” to other challenges outside our ‘comfort zones’, because that is what the phrase means. When the former chapter head of a BCBP chapter in Aklan invited us to share our life testimony in their outreach, and be one of the speakers in their chapter’s Christian Life Program, we did not hesitate to say yes, although it meant being away from home for a few days, and shouldering most of the plane fares. In our willingness to be heralds of the Good News for the Lord and be of service to the Brotherhood, God rewarded us instead with a memorable short vacation in Boracay and Kalibo, where we acquired new friends, true brothers and sisters in Christ, who gave the best of what their communities could offer.

Divine Master, what a privilege it has been to serve You. Thank you for rewarding us with a wonderful community where we share Your Word, acquire true friends, and learn more and more how we can draw closer to You. Amen.

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