Messengers of the Word

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 seventy-two 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. Courage! 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 son of peace is 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

One “special privilege” that we learned and have come to appreciate in our community, the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, is its culture of sharing one’s life testimony in our breakfast meetings. This ministry of proclaiming the Good News to others is not meant only for a select few, but is encouraged to be undertaken by all members. We are urged to prepare our testimony on how the Lord transformed our life, to be shared in breakfast meetings of our chapter or in other chapters or outreaches of the BCBP wherever we are invited anywhere in the country. In this way we imitate the disciples of Christ who were sent to preach the hope of salvation. Whenever we share our spiritual transformation in a breakfast fellowship, it is like preparing our listeners for Jesus’ arrival in their lives. The task is not a “walk in the park”, and requires fervent prayers that our sharing may touch other brothers and sisters to become “workers” themselves in the Lord’s vineyard.

This unique culture of our Brotherhood was more meaningful for us in this month of mission when we were invited last week-end to be the couple sharers in the Brotherhood’s outreach in Malaybalay, Bukidnon in their joint breakfast, and to deliver the first talk afterwards in their Christian Life Program. The CLP is the entry point for membership in the Brotherhood. Because of the distance (4 hours drive from Davao City), we had to leave at 1:30 PM last Friday. Fortunately, another couple was also “sent” to share in another chapter in Valencia, which is along the way to Malaybalay, so our long drive was not a boring one.

The long drive and the cool climate of Malaybalay, plus the two bottles of beer that Bro. Carling, our gracious host served me induced an early and deep slumber, so that I woke up the following day before 4:00 AM. The verse in the bible that greeted me that third day of my 40-day novena was serendipitous: “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases HIM” (Phil.2:13). Sure enough, after we were prayed over, my wife and I felt the Holy Spirit’s power at work in us as we proclaimed the goodness of the Lord in our lives! It was indeed a great harvest on that beautiful Saturday morning.

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

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 be confident of 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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