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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 244)

WORKERS FOR THE HARVEST


October 18, 2018

Today’s readings:
2 Timothy 4:9-17
Psalm 145:10-18
Luke 10:1-9


Jesus himself was on mission, and “the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.” (Lk 10:1). Today, Jesus sends us, to the ends of the earth, to reach all on his return. Because this is God’s own work, supported by fullness of grace and power from on high, “the harvest is abundant” (Lk 10:2a).

The work is challenging.

  • Jesus sends us “like lambs among wolves” (Lk 10:3b).
  • We are to go even without prepared provisions. “Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals” (Lk 10:4a).
  • We are to be focused and not waste time on socializing. “Greet no one along the way.” (Lk 10:4b).
  • We are to enter into homes whose inhabitants we do not know and who might not be accommodating (Lk 10:5-6).
  • We are to depend for our food on whatever is provided for us (Lk 10:7a,8).

Now workers are needed to bring in the harvest. Unfortunately, “the laborers are few” (Lk 10:2b). Furthermore, those who become laborers at times cause trouble and end up working against the cause of Christ. Such was the experience of Paul, that great apostle.

  • Demas was “enamored of the present world” and deserted me (2 Tm 4:10a). There are those workers who are lured back to the world by the enemy.
  • “Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm” (2 Tm 4:14a) and “strongly resisted our preaching.” (2 Tm 4:15b). There are those who oppose the preaching of the authentic gospel, including even clerics, and end up doing a lot of harm to the Church.
  • In his first defense before the Roman authorities, “no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me.” (2 Tm 4:16a). There are those who fail to stand strongly for the gospel in trying circumstances, especially in the face of persecution by the state.

So doing the work of evangelization and mission is very challenging. But this we are assured of: “the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” (2 Tm 4:17). God provides what we need: strength, provision and protection.

We do God’s work, and we can always count on Him.

  • “The Lord is trustworthy in all his words, and loving in all his works.” (Ps 145:13b).
  • “The Lord supports all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Ps 145:14).
  • “The Lord is just in all his ways, merciful in all his works.” (Ps 145:17).
  • “The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” (Ps 145:18).

There is much work to be done. The Lord needs more workers, and especially holy warriors. This is why CFC-FFL exists. You are needed. So “try to join me soon” (2 Tm 4:9) and be “helpful to me in the ministry.” (2 Tm 4:11c).

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