Sharing His Light to Others

Matthew 9:35 – 10:1,5a,6-8
Is 30:19-21,23-26 / Ps 147

The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.
(Matthew 9:37)

God came to heal and exorcize,
And proclaim pardon to sinners;
Then gave His life as sacrifice
That we might become believers.

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. His heart was moved with pity at the sight of the crowds, because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.” Then He summoned His twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus: “Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive our demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give” (Matthew 9:35—10:1,5a,6-8).

Reflection

Through the ages, the Church that Jesus established on earth has grown, and many martyrs and saints it produced have gone on to claim their eternal reward prepared by the Lord for them in heaven. But the work of evangelization and the conversion of souls continues, with the ripened fields growing faster than the Church can recruit laborers to bring in the harvest. Everyone worth his grain as a Christian has the primal obligation to save a soul aside from his own. It is not only our children for whom we are required by God to establish the foundation of their faith as our only responsibility. We must also lead others to Christ, especially the neighbor who doesn’t care to read, much less own a bible, or the officemate who can’t give up a sinful activity, or even a brother or sister in our worship group who might be experiencing doubts about his or her faith or the doctrines of the Church.

When we consider the blessings of faith that we now enjoy, are we content to just sit back and relax, and let the others find their own way in the dark? Didn’t Jesus tell us when we were enlightened by the Word, “You are the light of the world… your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” ? (Mt. 5:14, 16).

Didn’t we receive this gift of faith without any cost, when once upon a time a brother or a sister in our community invited us? Or when we experienced the call to conversion through some divine manifestation? How much have we paid back for this privilege that we have received? How much have we shown as appreciation for our salvation in terms of proclaiming His Good News in our lives?

Eternal Father, we thank You for all the lessons that Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ has imparted to us in Holy Scriptures, and for Your promise of eternal life. Forgive us for the times when we failed to seize the opportunity of leading others to You. Grant us Your Holy Spirit to speak out for our Lord Jesus Christ, without fear or shame, so that we may truly be worthy of Your kingdom. Amen.

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