When I was still new in my other community, I would delight in participating in the various missions entrusted to us. My wife and I have both experienced running the Kids and the Youth ministries that is why it is still one of our advocacies. Whether in Metro Manila or in Pampanga we would be actively involved and love the idea of working to bring young people closer to the Lord. Then came the Code of Champions, the Baristas which is now being integrated into Peaceworks103.
Most of us always have the notion that mission work is only for priests, bishops and other missionaries. This is wrong. What most people do is just try fulfilling Mass obligation, and then afterwards are off to their respective plans for the rest of Sunday. The same routine is done week in and week out. We don’t fill in work for God, contented that the Church will do it on its own.
In today’s Gospel (Lk. 10: 1-12, 17-20), the Lord sent out seventy-two ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit. Note that in the previous chapter of this Gospel of St. Luke, the Lord already sent out the Twelve for mission. Needless to say, Jesus is telling us to do our share in the Gospel ministry. It is also our work to make Christ known to the world. In the last verse of today’s Gospel, Jesus said,
“Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.”
The Lord is talking about the end result of it all, which means that it is for our own good if we participate in the missionary work of the Lord. If the disciples are sort of “guaranteed” Heaven, then it means we can also gain God’s approval if we do it. It’s worth doing then for the love of God, right?
But do you need to go literally on preaching to participate in this endeavor? Actually there are many ways of sharing in God’s work. You can join your Parish’s organizations and serve in its various ministries like the Couples for Christ (CFC), the Adoracion Nocturna, the Knights of Columbus (K of C), the Catholic Women’s League (CWL), the Mother Butler Guild or the visible ministries at Mass like the Lectors and Commentators, Eucharistic Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, the Music Ministry, the Knights of the Altar and others. More importantly, once you assimilate into the service life of the Church, you will notice a change in your attitude. You will discover that your lifestyle and actions are more effective than the service or preaching that you do. People won’t listen much unless you live what you preach. This change of heart and mindset is the more important benefit of serving God. There’ll be less of the arrogance and more of the humility. As St. Paul said in the Second Reading (Gal. 6: 14-18),
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
Your life then becomes a more effective way of sharing the Gospel to others.
This Sunday, let us pray that we be inspired to serve the Church in a more dynamic way. May we remain grounded in the work that we do. May the Lord guide us all the days of our service.
“Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Col. 3: 15a, 16a)