Luke 10: 1-12
Jb 19: 21-27 / Psa 27
The harvest is rich, but the workers are few.
For the Lord we do not question
This sacrifice we undertake,
If we are sent on a mission
It is God’s grace for our own sake.
Jesus appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He intended to visit. 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. 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 at hand.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.” (Luke 10: 1-12)
Our Lord had to maximize the work of His mission by deputizing 72 other disciples who went ahead of Him in pairs to various villages and towns proclaiming the kingdom of God. He established this evangelistic tradition of the Church, which His missionaries have followed for thousands of years up to the present day. He advised them to pray for God’s help; to be cunning, as the mission is fraught with danger; to be detached from all material things, and just depend on God; and to bring His message of peace.
October is the month of mission. This month reminds us that as members of the Church, we all have a specific mission to make all men Christians. Jesus’ directive is lucidly addressed to all the members of His Church in no uncertain terms. If we truly believe, then we have been drafted into God’s Army. Through His commission, Jesus has ordered us to the war front to do battle against the forces of hell- to liberate others from Satan’s evil influence. As soldiers of Christ and members of His Church, we have the responsibility to teach and proclaim the Good News to all as we have learned it from others, or was given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21) God the Father sent Jesus, His Son, to proclaim the Good News. 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. We can do it in many ways. It may be in giving a life testimony, or delivering a talk in a Christian life Program, or Marketplace Evangelization Program. Or opening an outreach in a far-flung city like Mati, Davao Oriental. Most often, it entails a lot of sacrifice. But then, as our Lord Jesus 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)
Grant us, O Lord, the grace to be bold in proclaiming your Word in the marketplace. As 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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