Kathy Bernard - Publisher
Therefore go and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am
with you always, to the very end of the age. Matt: 28-19
The Lord asks in
Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send? Then I said, Here am I! Send
Even today in this
year of 2005, Jesus is still looking for modern day disciples among us. As Christian Catholics we are challenged to step
up and honor His request; we are challenged to do the divine work of leading others to
belief, to bring redemption to those lost in a sin filled world. For us, there are
no options but to forge ahead, pointing the way. We need only a committed spirit,
willingness, and dedication to guide others to a spiritual maturity in Christ.
We are God's
stewards, tending to the Vineyard of humanity. A
labor of love, it is recompense for the blessings we continue to receive from God. Romans 10:15 tells us How beautiful are the feet of those who
bring Good News of Good Things.
So how can we do this? Is this a 24/7 job or can we work at it part time? Most of us say too busy, we cannot spare the
time, I feel funny witnessing to others or the most common one is
people may get mad if I talk about our Lord. Well, the bible tells us that if
we set ourselves as a living example of Christianity, showing love and compassion,
empowering others to share the Word of Christ, we will always find an opportunity to
further His message, whether verbally or by the way we live our lives.
afraid to bear witness. Dont be content
to sit back and let others do the work. It is not
enough to attend church, to share in the sacraments and then beome solitary; locking God's
precious promises in our own private "safes". Yes, there will be
those who will not want to know about Gods gift of eternal life. Yes, people will have a shield that
automatically comes up when we try to bring Gods gospel to them. Many times they will become suspicious, distant,
and indignant. Some will listen patiently but
with great difficulty, others will mentally shut down, and some will find an excuse to
sidle away. Still, we must never let the
opinion or actions of others deter us from the commandment of Jesus to go into the world
and spread His word. As Christ told the
Apostles in Mark 5:11, If any place
will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a
testimony against them.
4:19 Jesus told Peter and Andrew his brother, "Follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men." This is what He is asking us to do; to become fishermen
in our neighborhoods, in our work places, and in all walks of life. We can be disciples in music ministry, give hope
to the sick, prepare a meal for the poor, volunteer time at church by serving at the
altar, or spend a few hours helping in the church office.
Today, we are not
under the threat of death for our beliefs. But
let us not forget the fates of Jesus' Apostles: Peter was crucified upside down, Mathew
was martyred or axed to death, Andrew
was beaten and crucified, James, son of Zebedee was beheaded, Bartholomew was beaten and
crucified, James, son of Alphaeus, was stoned or clubbed to death, Mattias was also stoned
to death, John was tortured and died alone in exile on Patmos for his faith, Judas,
not Iscariot, was killed by stoning, Philip was crucified, Simon was crucified, and Thomas
was speared to death. These men died for
their beliefs. Why? Because they knew first hand, the deity of our
Lord Jesus and were determined to make sure the way to the Lord's salvation would continue
through the ages.
We are the new
disciples of the 21st Century. We have been
commissioned by the power, authority, and blood of Jesus Christ. Unless we speak of the Lords
righteousness and His goodness, there will be those who will be lost. WE ARE the keepers of the word; it is not to be
kept to ourselves but to be shared. Ours are
the hands and the voices that God uses. Therefore,
unless our lips speak salvation, unless our lips declare His righteousness, the
unbelieving world will not know how to be saved.
And so, faith comes with hearing the word of God. When
we speak of Christ and His promises, ALWAYS be careful to give God the glory and the
honor. We are simply His messengers. Our job
is to point the way and be an example. There
is no room here for self-importance or pride. Humbleness
and willingness is the key. See Acts 1-25 which reads
And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met
him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand
up; I myself also am a man.
Do not be afraid to
give back the abundant blessings you receive. Always
be mindful that God does not call us to this great work of discipleship and then not give
us what we need for the job. Earthly
qualifications are not required. Faith and
belief are the tools needed. God has given us dominion over His creation, and most
importantly He has given us the job of winning souls for His kingdom. We are His instruments. Jesus tells us in
St. Mark 16:15 to "go into all the world and preach the good news to all
creation". And He showed us the way.
can encourage just one person to come to faith, the heavens will rejoice. In Luke15: 8-10 it says, What woman, having ten silver coins,
if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until
she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors,
saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.' Just so, I
tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
We must be willing
to help our brothers and sisters who are stumbling in a world of darkness. If we long to make heaven our home someday, if it
is our desire to please the Lord, if it is our sincere prayer to be acceptable in His
sight, then our lives must be filled with the things He taught us to do. One day we will meet Jesus face to face and He
will ask us if we spread His word about salvation.
One day we will be asked to give an accounting of ourselves as His
shepherds. One day He will ask if we brought
even one sheep to the fold.
shall I send? the Lord continues to ask us as Christian Catholics. Would you say,
Oh, Lord not me, or will you
say, Here am I, Lord! I dont have
much education and I dont have money, but I am willing and able. I believe in
You and all Your promises. I submit myself to
You. Send me.
I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for
Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." Isaiah 6:8
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