Grace to you!
Previously, I reflected on the healing touches of Christ. Here, I share some thoughts on the heart of Jesus, who is moved because his sheep are hungry and thirsty.
For the past decade, I have been actively involved in different ways in the ministry of evangelization through the media. I have received hundreds of thousands of correspondences and feedback. One of the common threads is the desire of God's people to be fed.
This thread is also found in churches as members come seeking the ways of the Lord. They are also expressed in different ways on social media, as many share kind words or burst out in reckless speeches. Underlining is a need—searching for succor and healing.
In private messenger messages, they, however, pour their hearts. They allow themselves to be vulnerable while expressing their fears, worries, and the need to be spiritually fed.
As the Blessed Lord walked about the cities and villages, he preached the message of the kingdom. He also brought healing to people (see Mt 9:32-38). They meet the Lord in different ways.
Some encounter the Lord because of the miracles they have witnessed. Some meet the Lord through the power of the word they have heard. Some gradually, in a sort of gradual revelation, through various nudges of grace in the ordinary events of life. Others meet him more dramatically.
Scripture tells us, "faith comes by hearing" (Rom 10:17). But if no one proclaims this Word, how could they hear? (Rom 10:14). If those who come to us do not hear divine messages, who then can speak it. If we cease being the light, what then is our place as Christ's witnesses in the world?
Yes! Some say the culture has changed, and our Catholic or Christian message is no longer relevant. Good enough. How about turning it this way. It could be that as a Catholic, I have lost the glow for which I am the light. If I'm not passionate about faith-life and faith values, who would?
The Lord speaks about the richness of the harvest. It is not the harvest of tomatoes or grapes. It is not the harvest of classy homes, branded clothes, and pieces of jewelry; and private jets and limousines as prosperity gospel preachers peddle for their niche. It is the harvest of hearts and souls who are born again, renewed in the healing, saving Word.
Come to think of it; the pains and structures of evil in our world do not crumble because we made laws and policies. They crumble because hearts are renewed to breathe life into those laws.
The harvest is plenty because many are still living in spiritual decay. The harvest is abundant because sin still imprisons so many in the world. The harvest is plentiful because we are yet to establish a just society and the reign of God and righteousness.
God calls us to do so. Much more are ordained ministers, church hierarchy, to lead in this mission. Nothing should be of a better priority than doing just that.
I am praying for the zeal of bold witnessing and the renewing grace of saving souls. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Tuesday Week 14: Hos 8:4-7, 11-13; Mt 9:32-38]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.