As a former reading and english teacher (still so at heart), I am immediately struck by the similes in the readings today. Similes are phrases that use like or as to compare two things – to give us a better picture of the thing being described. I love similes! Here are the ones from this Sunday’s readings:
I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river –
From Luke’s Gospel:
I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
In the gospel, Jesus sends many out before Him to spread the good news – two by two – to neighboring towns and villages. He tells them to wish peace to the inhabitants, and if they are not welcomed, the peace with return to them. This made me think of one of the changes in our responses in the mass. When we sing the Gloria, we now say, “…and peace to people of good will,” instead of, “and peace to all people on earth.” We cannot force peace and good will upon people, but offer it. Jesus invited people to follow Him and to live the Truth He taught, but He respected their free will. We must do the same. That is tough to do sometimes. Of course, can still pray for souls who are resistant to faith. Prayer is no small thing! Remember that with God, all things are possible!
Jesus invites us all to be laborers in the field of our corner of the world. “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few,” He said. The same rings true today as it did 2,000 years ago. There are many souls that need to know God’s love – who long for Truth – and don’t have a clue where to find it – who want happiness – and are searching in all the wrong places. Jesus wants us to be His hands, and His feet, His lips and His ears. He wants to reach out to the lost, the lonely, the hopeless through us – His laborers in the field. How can we refuse? He required no degree, no specific skills, no job experience – just a willingness to be used. He takes care of the rest. When we follow Him, and tend to His harvest, we can “Rejoice because our names are written in heaven.” What could be a better job benefit than that?