Prayer, Community and Ministry

Luke 6: 12-16
Eph 2:19-22 / Psa 19

In those days Jesus departed to the mountains to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples to Himself, and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated apostles….
(Luke 6:12-13)

We learned the power of prayer
And the love of community;
But the purpose of our Maker
Was revealed in our ministry.

In those days, Jesus departed to the mountains to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples to Himself and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated apostles: Simon (whom He named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. (Luke 6:12-16)

Reflection

We read in today’s Gospel the three important things that Christians can relate with very well in their renewed life in the Spirit. The first is prayer. Our Lord spent the whole night in prayer. Our Lord has shown us the value of praying hard and long. He wanted to be sure that His choice of leaders would turn out according to the will of his Father, so He spent the whole night in prayer. Why do we find it hard to spend more time in prayer, even when we are pleading for God’s help in times of troubles or difficulties? It is because the devil tries his best to distract us from this vital source of life. He knows better than we do that prayer is good for our soul. And whatever is good for our soul is hateful to him. We have learned the efficacy of prayers especially before starting important projects or missions, like opening a new outreach, conducting a Christian Life Program, or just embarking on a long journey. Each time our chapter was tasked to host the BCBP’s National Anniversary, the first important activity we held was a 9-day novena before deciding on the appointments of the various committee chairmanships. Prayer never fails. With God’s help, our chapter has been able to host 2 successful national anniversaries of the Brotherhood.

The second important lesson that we read in today’s Gospel is about community. Our Lord needed to establish His own community to carry out His mission. Out of the hundreds of disciples who followed Him to learn and believe, He chose 12, whom He commissioned as His apostles. Jesus shows us that we can never be as effective in carrying out our calling or vocation in life unless we belong to a community. No such thing as a “Lone Ranger” in bringing others to Christ. All of us in the renewal agree that there is no substitute to community. It is our support group, our prayer intercessors, our ‘critical mass’ needed to make an impact in the marketplace. Alone in the meadow, a solitary tree is vulnerable to strong winds, but in the forest, a tree can grow straight, tall and strong. Such is the value of our spiritual community.

With prayers and a loving community, we can now boldly face the third aspect of our renewal: our ministry. This is the true purpose of being in the renewal: to fight the good fight for Christ, to win the battle for souls. In meditation we are empowered, and in numbers we have the confidence and strength to fulfill our mission. On this we have no reason to doubt or fear. Jesus has shown us this lesson today.

Father God, we thank You for giving us our community, and empowering us each time we come to You for strength and guidance. May we live up to Your great love by seeking out others who are still searching for Your Light, and bringing them to Your Beloved Son, Jesus, Who has shown us the Way. Amen.

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