Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8
In the average Catholic parish, 7% of the parishioners are doing just about everything. Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” Apparently, the data wasn’t much different 2000 years ago!
Some parish communities are more engaged and vibrant than others, but all of them are constantly looking for ways to get more people involved. During the month of December, more people will be worshipping in churches than just about any other time of the year. Christmas and the planned events surrounding that date just seem to be more appropriate opportunities to get involved. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.
Of course, Jesus is the reason for all seasons if you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. Also, the call to discipleship is about much more than just what happens in a church. It is about laboring in the fields everyday of the year and in every aspect of our lives. The Good News of Jesus Christ is operative at all times in all places. If we are to truly be his disciples, then we will not only find ourselves in the mentioned 7%, but we will also find ourselves bringing that Good News into our workplaces, our schools, and our families. The bolder we are in witnessing to the truth about Jesus and the stronger we are in our stewardship, the greater the chance that others will see him as the reason for all seasons and they will help us raise that percentage in a parish communities everywhere.
First Saturday of Advent Challenge:
Invite one person to come with you to a seasonal event at your parish, particularly someone who has little family or friends in the area.