Be A Light For Others

Matthew 9:35-10:1,5a,6-8
Isa 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)

The Holy Spirit empowers
In deeds and every word we say,
When we bring God’s Word to others
We fulfill the Father’s will today.

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. His heart was moved with compassion for the crowds, because they were harassed and helpless, scattered like sheep without a shepherd. So 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.” He called the twelve apostles to Himself, and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits, and to heal every disease and sickness. These twelve He sent out with the following instructions: “Go to the lost sheep of Israel, and as you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out 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 conversion of souls on earth 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 taught by 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 declaring ourselves for the Lord?

Eternal Father, thank You for inviting me to be a part of Your kingdom. Thank You for all the lessons that Your Son, our Lord Jesus has imparted to us in the Gospel, and for all Your promises that give us hope for eternal life. Forgive us, dear God, for the times when we failed to seize the opportunity of leading others to You. Grant us the grace to speak out for our Lord Jesus Christ, without fear or shame, so that we may truly be worthy of bearing His Name. Amen.

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