Saturday, October 15, 2016

Parish Bulletin Article: "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few...": 10-16-16

Jesus taught his disciples: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…” (Matthew 9:37).  Jesus teaches the same words to us today.

When I was out of town, I had a wonderful four days at our Clergy Conference.  Our presenter, Sherry A. Weddell, spoke about intentional discipleship.  She wrote a book called “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus” (a great book that I recommend).  She also spoke at our Diocese Assembly for hundreds of diocesan parishioners.

Three thoughts from this weekend for growing as disciples of Jesus…

First, disciple simply means “a personal follower of Jesus”.  How are you following Jesus?  How is your relationship with him?  How can you grow in your friendship with our savior?

Second, we must be laborers for Jesus in our parishes.  We need several more disciples to serve as EMs, lectors, musicians, sacristans, ushers, servers, visitors, builders, painters, discerners, pray-ers, greeters, and more!

Third, our harvest is plentiful!  About 25% of our parishioners come to Mass regularly.  This means that 75% of us can be welcomed, visited, encouraged and invited back to God’s house with His family.  To those you know, share your relationship with God!  Give the Good News to offer your experience of Jesus’ love, mercy and compassion.  Take the step to walk with brothers and sisters to move forward in our journey with Jesus Christ. 

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…”
Continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ as a disciple in our family, to serve the beautiful harvest of our faith!

God Bless!

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