Commissioned by Christ

Luke 10:1-12
Jb 19: 21-27 / Psa 27

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.

When we are sent on God’s mission
Don’t worry about provision;
All that we need the Lord will give
As long as we fully believe.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.” (Luke 10:1-12)

Reflection

In the last chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, before our Lord ascended into heaven, He commanded and commissioned His disciples by addressing them in these words: “Full authority has been given to Me both in heaven an on earth; go therefore and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world” (Mt. 28:18-20).

As members of the Catholic Church, this commission of our Lord has been handed down to us through the ages to help make all men become true Christians. Jesus’ directive was clearly addressed to all the members of His Church in no uncertain terms. If we truly believe in Him and His Gospel, then we have been drafted into God’s army. We are all called to the front lines to do battle against the forces of evil and liberate Satan’s prisoners from their shackles of sin. As soldiers of Christ, we have the responsibility to teach and proclaim the Good News to others as we have also learned it from our elders or through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Jn. 20:21). God the Father sent Jesus to proclaim the kingdom of heaven; now Jesus gives the same commission to us to bring the light to those who still live in darkness.

Evangelization is life’s mission entrusted to every disciple of Jesus Christ. He said, “If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. What does it profit you to gain the whole world, but lose your soul? If someone feels ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of His Father with His holy angels” (Lk.9:23-26). Jesus also said, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:62). Let us not be ashamed to speak up for the Gospel and for our faith, and let us not look back to what we’re leaving behind, but look forward to our eternal reward.

Grant us, O Lord, the grace to be bold in proclaiming Your Word in our marketplace. As the followers of Jesus, let Your Holy Spirit guide us in our life’s mission, so that we may be worthy of Your kingdom. Amen.

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