Posted by: fvbcdm | July 10, 2014

Feast of Saint Peter Tu (10 July 2014)

In the gospel for Saint Matthew, we find Our Lord moved with pity upon seeing the spiritual thirst in the eyes of those who came to listen to him. Saint Matthew tells us that “they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus said to his followers, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest.”

We usually think of this passage in terms of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, but I am sure that Our Lord was much broader in his view of laborers for the harvest. Every Christian worthy of the name is expected to do what he or she can to bring others into the Kingdom of Christ and to share the joy of our faith with them. The idea that only priests and religious have that responsibility is not only false, but also dangerous, because it makes many laypeople believe that they need not do anything in terms of sharing their faith with others. Priests and religious constitute less than 1% of the entire Church. Just think: if every Catholic took very seriously his and her vocation as an apostle and an evangelizer, the spiritual energy that they would generate would be immense and would advance the Kingdom of Our Divine Lord by leaps and bounds.

So let us pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers. But let us include in that prayer the plea that we ourselves will live in such a way that people will be attracted to our way of life, our Catholic faith, by who we are, how we live, the example we give. When Jesus taught us the Our Father, he included in it the phrase, “Thy kingdom come.” It is up to us to do all we can to make the Kingdom of Christ a reality in our own lives, our families, our circle of friends, our work. Let us frequently pray to the Holy Spirit for the grace to see what we can do to extend the kingdom of Christ within our own circle of relatives, friends, and fellow workers, and then to do it as prudently and lovingly as we can. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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