We Too Are Messengers Sent

John 13:16-20
Acts 13:13-25 / Ps 89

Whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me.
(John 13:20)

Having received Him we are sent
So that others too may believe.
And from their sins they may repent,
That the Spirit they may receive.

Jesus said to His disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master, nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: ‘He who shares my table has raised his heel against me.’ I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe that I Am. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.”

Reflection

The Bible is full of stories about messengers who were sent for specific purposes. In the Old Testament, most of them were the prophets, like Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, who delivered Yahweh God’s messages to the Kings of Judah and Israel or their people.

Then there were the precursors or forerunners of the Messiah, like Joseph, whose exile to Egypt led to the salvation of the Israelite nation from famine; Moses, who delivered the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land (although he himself did not enter it); Judas, son of Mattathias, who redeemed the Jews from the yoke of King Antiochus; Samson, who wrought havoc against the Philistines; and Jonah, the closest harbinger of the Messiah, who was ‘entombed’ in the belly of a giant fish for three days, and whose message of repentance saved the city of Nineveh.

In the New Testament, the most prominent heralds of the Lord were the Archangel Gabriel, who was sent to announce the Blessed Mary’s ‘Appointment’; and St. John the Baptist, ‘a voice crying out in the desert’ who prepared the way of the Lord. There were other messengers, like the Magi, who came from the East bearing gifts, and the heavenly host of angels who brought the glad tidings to the shepherds.

All the characters and events in the Bible, in fact, were meant to deliver important “letters” from the Almighty Father, and His greatest message was His only Son Jesus Christ, ‘the Word made flesh, Who dwelt among us.’ That is why the Scriptures are also known as the Good News. Some call it “The Operating Manual of Life” which every user should familiarize himself with if he wants to have a trouble-free, minimal maintenance living. Makes sense.

Our Lord said, “If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” Blessed are we indeed who understand that we are also “being sent” to bring the message of Christ to others by witnessing in His Name. This is every Christian’s mandate – to be fruitful, by winning others to Him. Otherwise, if we do not bear any fruit, we will be cut off, and “thrown into the fire to be burned” (Jn.15:6).

How grateful we are, dear Father, that You have conscripted us to be messengers of Your Good News of salvation. This privilege gives us first-hand information from the Holy Spirit at the earliest hour of each day. Amen.

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