“THE HARVEST IS ABUNDANT BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW; SO ASK THE MASTER OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABORERS FOR HIS HARVEST.” LK 10:1-9
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’” Lk 10:1-9
Today, I would like to take time to recognize all of those wonderful people God called to be priests or religious and answered the call. I also would like to take time to recognize our seminarians and those who are discerning to be religious (especially Mary Jo Peter, my first student to be discerning religious life; Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln). I am thankful that I have someone who has given their life up totally and completely for Christ and the salvation of souls.
It must be an amazing vocation with many difficulties and joys. I am thankful that I get to receive the Eucharist through the miracle on the altar that Jesus performs through a priest. I am thankful that I have priests I can go to seek counsel in confession and have a heart to heart with Jesus and be reconciled with God when I fall. I am thankful that a priest baptized me and I have the power to fight Satan and grow in holiness to become a saint. I am thankful that I was confirmed by the bishop and sealed in the Spirit so that I may be a soldier for Christ and set on my mission in this short earthly life. I am thankful for the priests that laid my family members down to rest and gave them a proper burial.
I am thankful that there are IHM sisters who are always praying for the conversion of sinners and the sanctification of priests, praying for me and our diocese, teaching Jesus Christ in a profound way to our children. I am thankful for the sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita who are teaching and helping in our community. “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Thank you God for sending us such great laborers for the harvest. We are grateful.
Today’s challenge: Thank a priest or religious for all that they do.
Be a servant, become a saint!