We Are All Messengers Sent

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

Whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives 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 servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly. 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 He. In all truth I tell you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.” (John 13:16-20)

Reflection

The Bible is replete with 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 shepherded the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land; 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, 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.

We are all sent to deliver the Good News of the Gospel to others. The coming grand prayer assembly of BCBP, CfC, BLD, HTC and Familia Community, called “Catchfire” on June 4, Pentecost Sunday, provides us this opportunity to invite others to praise and worship our Lord Jesus, and be one with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, although we belong to different communities.

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

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