Messengers of Peace

Luke 10: 1-9
2 Tm 4: 10-17b / Ps 145: 10-13. 17-18

The harvest is rich, but the workers are few; so you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to His harvest.
(Luke 10: 2)

We must be bold heralds willing
To share the Good News of the Lord;
We are all called to bring healing
To where men hunger for His Word.

Jesus appointed 72 other disciples, and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He himself was about to come. He told them, “The harvest is rich, but the workers are few; so you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to His harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (Luke 10:1-9)

Reflection

The ministry of proclaiming the Good News was never meant for a select few. This unique culture of our community takes on more meaning in this month of mission. All of us are urged to prepare our life testimony to be shared in breakfast meetings of our chapter or in other chapters or outreaches where one or a couple is invited. In this way we imitate the disciples of Christ who were sent to preach the hope of salvation. Whenever we share our spiritual transformation during a breakfast meeting, it is like preparing our listeners for Jesus’ arrival in their lives. The task is not a simple one, and requires fervent prayers that our sharing may touch other brothers and sisters to become “workers” themselves in the Lord’s vineyard.

My wife and I prayed for courage as we boarded the small aircraft in Cebu that took us on a mission to share God’s Word in Kalibo chapter and its Boracay outreach. It was an old plane with turbo-prop engines, and we kept praying Psalm 91 during the hour-long flight. But when we arrived safely in Caticlan airport, we found that we didn’t have to worry about provisions, as brothers and sisters in those communities pampered us with sumptuous meals and first-class accommodations. How true our Lord’s words are even to this day. We were also invited to share our life testimony in far-off Surigao city, a ten-hour bus trip from Davao before the roads were finally paved.

God is called the Lord of the harvest because He is the one who sends out workers. He supplies all the speakers in the breakfast meetings of the various chapters and outreaches of our brotherhood all over the country. Members of our chapter regularly travel by pairs to the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, Valencia, Tagum, Panabo, Digos, Gen. Santos, Marbel, Butuan, Iligan and Surigao to share God’s Word. Many lives in the marketplace have been won through this unique culture of our Christian organization.

Help us, Father God to travel light in spreading the Good News of Your kingdom, not to be weighed down by temporal concerns, and to take courage in Your protection even as we are sent forth “like lambs among ravenous wolves”. Bless our mission, that those who hear Your message may also become workers in Your vineyard. Amen.

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