Wednesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist
October 18, 2017
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Today’s Readings talk about the vocation of every follower of Christ. A true Christian or follower of Christ is the new Creation in Jesus Christ. The old life of Flesh, World & Evil has gone and new life in the Holy Spirit has begun. St. Paul experienced Jesus and transformed completely and filled with the Holy Spirit. St. Paul started proclaiming the Gospel as soon as he experienced Christ in his life. St. Paul also lived a normal life in the normal society by earning his daily bread but made a difference by forming various Communities and writing many Epistles. St. Luke was a Physician and a Disciple of St. Paul. He was a Gentile before his Conversion. St. Luke prefers to follow Christ despite of his highly respected profession. St. Luke gives us one of the beautiful Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. St. Luke gives a detailed life of Mother Mary and her role in the Salvation Plan.
The first and foremost call of every Christian to take part in the ministry of Christ. Christians are not called to eat and drink or build and sell or to rule the Earth by power and strength but they are called to proclaim the Gospel of Christ on this Earth to every Soul and build his Kingdom upon this Earth. Jesus says in the Gospel: Harvest is abundant but the labourers are few. Jesus sent 70 Disciples ahead of him to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Jesus ordered them not to possess anything while proclaiming the Gospel. St. Francis the Assisi followed Jesus Words in action and built a Community of Poverty, Prayer and Disciples. The Gospel proclaimed in poverty has the real value in Words and deed. Mother Theresa realised this secret and left the Posh Loretta Convent in Kolkata and joined the Slum dwellers by proclaiming them the Gospel of love and service.
All Christian families are called to proclaim the Gospel to their Children and each other. The Parents are the best Vocation promoters and it is their first responsibility and duty as Christian Parents to encourage and pray for their Children to be a true disciple of Jesus. Now a days we see Parents planning the future of their Children ten years in advance either to become a Doctor, Engineer, Lawyer, Business Man so on but no one plans their Children to be a Christian leader in any capacity. St. Luke was a Doctor who left everything and followed Christ and lived in extreme Condition and died as a Martyr. St. Paul was not less than a Theologian of the Law and a Pharisee, Educated in Scriptures and Civil Lawyer and a Roman Citizen. In those days Roman Citizen had highest Value like our time of US or UK Citizens but look at him, he was imprisoned, beaten, hungry, persecuted, homeless and finally killed for the love of the Gospel. We see well learned people and Kings leaving their luxurious life and proclaiming Christ as per his Command. We see hundreds of thousands of Priests and religious living for Christ by sacrificing their worldly life.
Jesus said “ if you call me Lord ..Lord.. but do not do the Will of my Father, I will deny you in the Kingdom of God. God wants every Christian to proclaim the Gospel of love to all the poor and ignorant. This is a Commandment of love and the only commandment in Christianity. If we do not do this ministry then we cannot call ourselves Christians but Hypocrites. If we are Parents we are suppose to become a Christian example to our Children and they will follow our examples. If we show them Worldly ways of Success and prosperity, they will go in that way and we will be responsible for their Soul. The Word of God says very clearly, I do not know you , you the wicked generation and the rejected people will say we did not see you in our time and Jesus will say Whatsoever you did to the least of my Brother or Sister , you did it to me.
Christians are Co celebrants in every Mass and not mere spectators. All are suppose to contribute in the body of Christ otherwise we cannot become the members of the Body of Christ and are outside the Church of God by being mere participate in the ritual. We are the labourers of that Harvest and we have the duty to complete the Harvest and we have been hired for this purpose or chosen as Christians for this purpose. If we do not do our duty and get involved in other Business, we cheat our Master and we will be fired from our job and our job will be given to a good Worker. If we call ourselves Christians then we must full fill our duty otherwise by default we cannot enter the Kingdom of God.