Messengers of Hope

Luke 10: 1-9
2 Tm 4:10-17b/Ps 145:10-13,17-18

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 has come near to you.’ (Luke 10:1-9)

Reflection

The ministry of proclaiming the Good News was never meant only for a select few. This vital part of our Brotherhood’s culture takes on more meaning in this month of mission. All of us are urged to prepare our life testimony for sharing in breakfast meetings of our chapter or in other chapters or outreaches of the BCBP where one or a couple is invited. In this way we imitate the disciples of Christ 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 Jesus’ arrival in their lives. The task is not an easy one, and requires fervent prayers that our sharing may touch other brothers and sisters to become “workers” themselves in the Lord’s vineyard.

Ollie and I prayed for courage when we boarded the small aircraft in Cebu that took us on a mission to share God’s Word in Kalibo chapter and its Boracay outreach a few years ago. No problem with provisions, as our brothers and sisters in those communities pampered us with sumptuous meals and first-class accommodation. How true our Lord’s words are even to this day.

God is called the Lord of the harvest because 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. Members of our chapter regularly travel by pairs to the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, Tagum, Panabo, Digos, Gen. Santos, Marbel, Butuan, and Iligan to share God’s Word. Many have been guided in their spiritual journey through this unique culture of our brotherhood.

Help us, Father God to travel light in spreading the Good News of Your kingdom, not to be weighed down by temporal concerns, and be bold under Your protection even as we are sent forth like lambs among wolves. Bless our mission, that those who listen to Your message may also become workers in Your vineyard. Amen.

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