THE SERVANT GENERAL
CALL TO MISSION
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:1-20
Jesus first sent out the Twelve. In this gospel he sends out
the 72. Today, especially in these dark times in the life
of the world, he sends out all of us who profess to be his
disciples. The exhortation is still the same, after 2,000
years: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are
few” (Lk 10:2a). And why would the harvest not be abundant?
God Himself desires such a harvest, and to ensure it He sent
His very own Son Jesus to suffer and die for us. Further,
God provides abundant grace to people so that they can believe
in the gospel, and the Holy Spirit provides the divine empowerment
for those who proclaim it.
Where does it all break down? The laborers are few! This is
tragic, since the potential laborers are so many. But those
whom Jesus are calling are not leaving their fishing nets
and their tax collectors posts. They are not engaging in the
work of evangelization. They are fishing for everything in
life except for men. And unfortunately, Jesus has made himself
just reliant on them.
In doing mission for God, we are to be singleminded, because
of the urgency of the task (Lk 10:4). We are not to be distracted.
We are not to be held back by lack of resources. We are simply
to trust in God’s provision, which He also provides
through the support and assistance of others (Lk 10:7-8).
We are not even to be held back by resistance or apathy from
those we seek to evangelize. We simply move on (Lk 10:10-11).
must know that we carry the authority of Jesus (Lk 10:16).
We go in his name, to do his work, to accomplish
his purpose, to bring his people back to
him. And because we carry Jesus’ authority
and are empowered by his Spirit, we already share in his victory
over the forces of evil (Lk 10:17,19). Even though it seems
at times that we are losing, when we are bruised and bloodied,
when we lack the resources, when the tide of battle seems
to turn against us, we know that we have been given “the
power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and
upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.”
The call to the New Evangelization has been sounded. But the
call is 2,000 years old, issued by Jesus himself. We are to
“cure the sick” (Lk 10:9a), that is, bring God’s
healing into the lives of people, both physical, emotional,
and especially spiritual. We are to proclaim the kingdom of
God that has come among His people (Lk 10:9b).
once again tells us, as he told the 72, “Go on your
way” (Lk 10:3a).