Luke 10: 1-12
Good Jesus, thank you for this opportunity to speak with you again and to
listen to you. I know that you have longed for this moment we will spend together. You silently wait
for hours in the tabernacle, hoping that one of your friends will come to make a visit. You always
have something to say when we finally turn to you, so I willingly set aside all distractions and
give you my undivided attention.
Grant me, Lord, the grace to accept your
instructions with a great spirit of simplicity.
1. The Harvest:
The Holy Spirit works constantly to
stir up souls and prompt them to turn their lives toward God. He nudges them when they listen to
Scripture or a homily. He speaks to them in the little events of day-to-day life. But there is often
one other ingredient he uses to reach souls: He uses us. He uses our example, our words, our drawing
close to others. This is why Our Lord speaks of a crop waiting to be harvested. Harvesting is all
about toil and timing. Crops not brought in quickly rot in the field. What harvest of souls might
Our Lord be asking me to help with? It might be an engaged couple who need to be helped in their
faith. It might be a sick relative who needs to prepare spiritually for death. It might be a
troubled teen who needs guidance to keep on the right path. All these could be souls who need help
now. Will I respond?
2. Full-time Laborers:
Besides the work that all of us are called to do by our baptism, there is
also a need for people who dedicate their entire lives to the mission of evangelization. Priests
especially are needed, to confect the Eucharist and to grant absolution within the sacrament of
reconciliation. The principle outlined in the first point of this meditation applies here as well:
The Holy Spirit inspires new vocations, and frequently he depends on others to promote this work. Do
I join in this crucial work for the Church? Do I encourage vocations? Do I speak well of priests and
religious? Am I willing to let a son or daughter, a brother or sister, pursue a vocation? Do I see
that the vocation I encourage today might be the vocation that helps save the soul of a child or
grandchildren in the future?
3. Details Matter:
Jesus' precise instructions to his disciples show that details matter to
him. Our Lord doesn't leave anything to chance. He has a system for how to evangelize, and it is
crucial that the disciples follow his orders precisely. This reminds us that work of evangelization
and building the Kingdom is Jesus', and as such he makes the rules. Free-lance evangelization
doesn't substitute for what Christ wants. This principle applies to all walks of life. Hence, there
are rules that regulate conduct within marriage and before marriage. There are guidelines as to what
lawmakers can and cannot support, and how businesspeople should and should not treat their employees
and customers. Might I think that I'm exempt from Christ's rules? Might I be living my faith on my
terms, rather than on Christ's?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, help me avoid fooling myself
I'm doing your will, when in fact I might be
following my own whims. Let me appreciate
that there is a teamwork aspect to the
Christian life that helps me grow in patience and
I will pray or offer up a sacrifice for vocations, or
speak of vocations to at least one person, either by word or by e-mail.