July 14, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

11TH SUNDAY CATECHESIS: THE LABOURERS ARE FEW?

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Dearest friends, it is always easier to accept that the HARVEST is plentiful but what is quite difficult to understand is what makes the LABOURERS FEW.

The HARVEST in the above stands for ‘the people of God who need to be taken care of spiritually and otherwise, such that the salvation promised by God may easily reach them.’ On the other hand, LABOURERS here stand for ‘all those who have the task and mission of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and making His good works known to the ends of the earth.’

Now, how do we still believe that the LABOURERS are few; despite the many MINISTERS in different churches and all over the social media; carrying out the task of preaching and other prayer programmes?

Surely, the above should give all of us serious concern. How can we really explain that the LABOURERS are few?

Yes, the labourers are truly FEW because, more often than not, a number of these widespread preachers, prophets, prayer warriors, etc. are MOTIVATED by the LOVE of the MONEY and other material gains which flow into their possession from what they are doing in the name of preaching and prayers. Because a number of them are not motivated by the LOVE OF CHRIST, they are NOT really counted as true preachers and witnesses of the Gospel message. Instead, in the words of Jesus himself, they are HIRELINGS (Cf. John 10:12-13). The above pseudo-preachers, prophets and prayer warriors will certainly be those who would appear before the Judgement throne and say these: “’Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and perform many powerful deeds in your name?'” Then Jesus would answer them thus: “’I have never known you. Depart from me, you WORKERS of INIQUITY'” (Cf. Matt 7:22-23).

Also, talking about what should actually MOTIVATE every true missionary, preacher, etc., the Catechism affirms this: “It is from God’s LOVE for all men that the Church in every age receives both the OBLIGATION and the VIGOR of her missionary dynamism, “for the LOVE of CHRIST URGES US ON” (Cf. CCC n. 851, 2 Cor 5:14). Unfortunately, there are very FEW who have such LOVE of Christ in their hearts.

Finally, beloved friends, do not forget that, as a BAPTIZED Christian, you also have a share in the task of PREACHING and WITNESSING to the Gospel and making salvation closer to the people of God (Cf. Cann. 204, 211, CCC, n. 1270). Are you carrying out the above task or are you still relaxing? Now is the TIME!

Happy Sunday and remain blessed🙏🏼

(Cf. CATECHESIS ‘NKUZI NKE OKWUKWE’ FOR THE 11TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (A)
READINGS: R1: Ex 19:2-6a, R2: Rom 5:6-11, Gosp. Matt 9:36-10:8)

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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