Friday, October 23, 2015

The Lord of the harvest calls!

"There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in.  Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest."

To follow Jesus is to listen to His voice, for He does not stop calling for people to share in His mission of redemption--challenging both young and old to witness to the Kingdom values--living out a dedicated, joyful readiness to sacrifice oneself so that our poor and needy brethren be not deprived of a dignified way of living.

As God called Abraham and our Fathers of faith into the unknown to help form His people, so does He in our modern times continue to knock to open doors to global newness but still on the way of communal love shown us by Jesus and the first disciples and early Christians.  "The group of believers was one in mind and heart.  None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had" (Acts 4:32).

The challenge today resounds ever more loudly for more workers, modern apostles to attend to those desiring to hear the Good News of a Savior God full of mercy and compassion, and to bear witness to Jesus' mission of love and forgiveness.  "Don't be afraid," Jesus encourages those who follow Him, as He did Peter, "from now on you will be catching people" (Lk. 5:10).

The Lord of the Harvest will supply all the strength needed in leaving behind the fears, anxieties and tensions embedded in the wounded human heart to emerge with the gentle power of the Holy Spirit to communicate the eternal legacy of Faith of the Divine Master and Teacher. "They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus" (Lk. 5:11).

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