THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
WORKERS FOR THE HARVEST
October 18, 2018
2 Timothy 4:9-17
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).
work is challenging.
Jesus sends us “like lambs among wolves” (Lk
are to go even without prepared provisions. “Carry
no money bag, no sack, no sandals” (Lk 10:4a).
are to be focused and not waste time on socializing. “Greet
no one along the way.” (Lk 10:4b).
are to enter into homes whose inhabitants we do not know
and who might not be accommodating (Lk 10:5-6).
are to depend for our food on whatever is provided for
us (Lk 10:7a,8).
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.
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.
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.
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.
do God’s work, and we can always count on Him.
Lord is trustworthy in all his words, and loving in all
his works.” (Ps 145:13b).
Lord supports all who are falling and raises up all who
are bowed down.” (Ps 145:14).
Lord is just in all his ways, merciful in all his works.”
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