From today's Gospel (Luke 10:1-9)
‘I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.’
This is a very well known passage from St Luke’s Gospel and it is often used in everyday conversation.
However, let’s go back to its original meaning. When Jesus appointed the seventy-two and told them to go out ahead of him to the harvest, he was sure to warn them what it was going to be like. Evangelisation is no easy task! Spreading the Good News is no easy task! So Jesus warned them, and that warning is still very valid today in the ‘New Evangelisation’.
There are wolves out there, ready to pounce, ready to reject the Truth of the Gospel message. But whatever our role in the New Evangelisation – and as members of the Church we should play some part in this important task – we must never lose heart and always remember who sends us on this journey. Jesus sends us. It is Jesus who sends us out among the wolves. He is well aware of the dangers and so is always with us. In those awkward moments when you are trying to defend your faith even though it seems to let you down, Jesus is with you. In those moments when you are up against aggressive atheism or anti-religious and you feel there is no point going on, Jesus is with you.
Never doubt the effect the outward expression of your faith could have on others. Even though they may reject it and never appear to waiver in their unbelief, throw the seed of faith in their direction and let the Holy Spirit work its magic. Despite their evident rejection they may well find themselves thinking about what you told them in a fleeting moment further down the line. Never underestimate the effect your faith could have on others.
Remember the saying, “I have a mustard seed, and I’m not afraid to use it.” We should never be afraid to use the seed of faith.