Commission From Christ

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

The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest.
(Luke 10:2)

In this life we’re called on a mission
To serve God in our words and deeds;
We do not worry for provisions,
God will take care of all our needs.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (Luke 10:1-9)

Reflection

In the last chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, before our Lord ascended into heaven, He commanded and commissioned His followers by addressing them in these words: “Full authority has been given to Me both in heaven and on earth; go therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Mt.28:18-20)

As members of the Church, we all have a specific mission to make all men Christians. Jesus’ directive is clearly addressed to all the members of His Church in no uncertain terms. If we truly believe, then we have been drafted into God’s Army. Through His Commission, Jesus has ordered us to the warfront to do battle against the forces of hell- to liberate others from Satan’s evil influence. As soldiers of Christ and members of His Church, we have the responsibility to teach and proclaim the Good News to all as we have learned it from others, or was given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21) God the Father sent Jesus, His Son, to proclaim the Good News. Now Jesus gives the same commission to us to bring the light to those who still live in darkness.

Evangelization is life’s mission entrusted to every disciple of Jesus Christ. He said, “If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. What does it profit you to gain the whole world, but lose your soul? If someone feels ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Glory and in the Glory of his Father with his holy angels.” (Lk.9:23-26) Jesus also said, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

Grant us, O Lord, the grace to be bold in proclaiming your Word in the marketplace. As followers of Jesus, let Your Holy Spirit guide us in our life’s mission, so that we may be worthy of Your kingdom. Amen.

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