On Mission

Luke 10: 1-9
2Tim 4:10-17b / Psa 145

The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
(Luke 10:2)

None can deny the Great Divide,
One day we’ll have to face our goal;
Our mission done now in this life
Will decide the fate of our soul.

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 rich, 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.’ (Luke 10: 1-9)

Reflection

Jesus had earlier told His disciples about the Parable of the Sower, where the seed is the word of God, and the various types of soil are the people with different attitudes towards God’s message. For certain, most if not all of the 72 disciples that our Lord was sending out knew that their mission was to sow Jesus’ message of repentance and salvation, so that a multitude of souls would be harvested for the kingdom of God. As our Lord had determined from the onset, propagating the Gospel, which is the Good News of God’s salvation plan would be the raison d’etre of His Church, and remains up to the present time.

The harvest that Jesus was foretelling was not only for the people of Israel, but for the whole world. And the Word of God can only be sown in the hearts of men and women who are receptive to it, respect its validity, and in all obedience, share it with others who are also seeking the Truth. Because as Christ’s followers, we are also responsible for this mission. That is why our Lord’s first admonition is for us to pray to the Father for more workers (like us) to join in this undertaking. In numbers there is a greater certainty that our mission will succeed. Our Lord also said He is sending us like sheep among wolves. The mission of evangelization is never a walk in the park; it is difficult and hardly brings any material compensation. It can even expose us to ridicule if not downright rejection. But there is no greater reward than to be able to win over to Christ even just one soul for the effort. This mission of bringing the Word of God for the conversion of souls is so important and urgent that Jesus even urges us not to waste time greeting (or socializing with) others on the way.

The worker deserves his wages. When we go on mission for the Lord, do not be surprised when some people offer to give us money for our expenses. This is a very natural response from grateful hearts who have been touched by the Holy Spirit. Whenever we invite a lay or religious speaker to conduct a recollection for our group, or even just to give a talk, we always make sure that his time with us is spiritually as well as financially productive. This is the reason why God’s messengers travel light.

Dear God, You have given us Your Word that we may have an abundant life in Jesus. Let Your Holy Spirit work through each one of us so that we may share Your Word boldly and clearly to others. Grant us this grace to be able to give witness to the truth and joy of Your Gospel by word and example all the days of our lives. Amen.

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