Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The harvest is abundant--be an intentional disciple: Daily Mass Homily--July 7th, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            One of the joys of this first year here has been getting together with our evangelization team.  We have been meeting every month or so and have been reading through Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples.  This has been one way in which I want to help our parish make disciples—which is one of our core activities.
            We had a great conversation last night about the task of evangelization—spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Our discussion centered on the fact that evangelizing is not only for priests and religious!  In fact, the Second Vatican Council taught that a priest’s job is to consecrate the laity, the laity’s job is to consecrate the world!
            Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”  We need more laborers in two areas.
            The first is with intentional disciples in the laity.  Sometimes we overcomplicate evangelism.  We think it takes an advanced degree in theology or other academic work.  I keep thinking about the Samaritan woman at the well.  She had a short conversation with Jesus, came to believe in him, went home and her whole town converted.  She simply shared the story of how Jesus touched her life.  You know abundantly more about Jesus than this woman ever did!  Be intentional about sharing how God has touched your life.
            The second is with an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  One step we are going to take soon is to pray specifically for this intention at every Mass.  We have new hymnals on the way, and when we put them out they will contain our Diocesan Vocation Prayer which we have been asked to pray at Mass.  I pray that many men and women will have the courage to say yes to a religious vocation from our parishes!
            Be an intentional disciple today.  The harvest is abundant!

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