Messengers of Hope

Luke 10: 1-9
2 Tm 1: 1-8 / Psa 96

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 72 other disciples, and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He intended to visit. 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 is at hand for you.’” (Luke 10:1-9)

Reflection

The ministry of proclaiming the Good News was never meant only for a select few. This vital aspect of our Brotherhood’s culture becomes more meaningful when we are asked to share our life testimony in breakfast meetings of our chapter or in other BCBP chapters or outreaches where one or a couple is invited. In this way we imitate the disciples of Jesus who were sent to preach the hope of salvation. Whenever we share our spiritual transformation during a breakfast, it is like preparing our listeners for the Lord’s arrival in their lives.

There may be times when the task is not an easy one, and needs fervent prayers, especially when it requires traveling long distances, and we have to contend with some physical problem. But we are buoyed by the thought that our sharing may touch others to become “workers” themselves in the Lord’s vineyard.

My wife Ollie and I have been invited once again to share God’s Word in our Mati outreach this coming Saturday. I still have to update the manuscript, but not until I’ve finished composing this reflection for today’s Gospel. By the Holy Spirit’s grace, I was able to complete our chapter’s newsletter (Davao Westlife) last night, which I will bring to the printers today. For the three-hour road trip to Mati city, we have to buy two brand-new tires, and have our vehicle’s engine oil changed. All these have to be done today, as we leave for Mati tomorrow after lunch. That barely gives me enough time for a much-needed haircut, and some last-minute matters in the office. By the way, please pray for me. My back ache has been bothering me this past few days.

We put our complete trust in God, Who is called the Lord of the harvest. He is the one who sends out workers. He supplies all the speakers in the breakfast meetings of the various chapters and outreaches of BCBP all over the country. Many have been spiritually healed through this unique culture of our brotherhood.

Help us, Father God to travel safely in spreading the Good News of Your kingdom, not to be weighed down by health concerns, and to take courage in 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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