VACANCY IN THE VINEYARD

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-5
As long as you are created by God, you have a role to play. There is a job appointment for everyone and if you are not doing the job, let us know that a vacancy exist in that field. Today’s reflection therefore draws our attention to the vacancy that exists as a result of our dispositions, attitude, personal interest, lukewarmness, and earthly preoccupations towards working for God for the salvation of all humanity. Working for God is so important, that we must understand that even in the Scriptures, people are created for that purpose. For instance, Samson’s responsibility in the vineyard was to begin the rescue mission of the Israelites from the Philistines (Judges 13:5). However, many have ignored the desire to work for God, others, distracted, while many do not want to risk it. And so today, each one of us is challenged to look inwards, and to ascertain the role that we are called to play in the salvific mission of our Lord Jesus Christ. Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Rachael, Ruth, Elijah, John the Baptist, all played various and specific roles in God’s vineyard and were identified by such roles.
The challenging question is, what role would you be identified with? Mother Theresa’s name can be interchanged for charity; St. Paul is known for the zeal to evangelize the whole world. What will your name speak for in the vineyard of the Lord? The nature of the world today, is making it clear that a lot has to be done with teaching the people and helping them find their feet in this world.
A Christian writer reflects, “Today there is a manpower shortage in the Kingdom of Heaven! Every Christian, everywhere, should be fully engaged in active service for the Lord in these desperately needy days.” Please apply, for the Lord is urgently looking for preachers who would teach the truth as guided by the Holy Spirit. He needs active and self-less soul winners. Are you concerned that people die in so many continents of the world without having true knowledge of God and true helpers? Thomas Hardy concludes today’s reflection thus: “The main objective of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.”
MASS: GREEN
2 Kgs 2:1.6-14; Ps 31:20.21.24(R.25); Accl Jn 14:23; Gosp Mt 6:1-6.16-18 WEEKDAY
Prayer Points:
1. Take the “Prayer for Vocation” in DSD.
2. Lord open my eyes to the arears You want me to work for You and give me the strength and desire to do so.
3. Take the “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi”, with commitments to begin to do something for the Lord.
Exercise: The field is so great, the variety of workers needed are also great. Fill the space of work the Lord allotted to you.
Meditation: Matthew 20:4

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