In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 10, Jesus sends out seventy-two of His disciples to prepare the way in all of the towns and villages where He was going to visit. Jesus sent them out in pairs. As He sends them out, He gives them some orders. “Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals…Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment.” But these instructions are not the first thing that Jesus tells them.
Here is what Jesus said first: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” You know, those words still hold true today. The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. I hope that you realize that God is calling you to be one of those laborers in the field. If you have never thought of yourself in this light, I hope you will do that today.
Priests are very special laborers in God’s field. We need to be sure to fulfill this command from Jesus and be praying for vocations to the priesthood. Is this something that you do on a regular basis? If not, why? Perhaps you know of a young man that you think has the makings of a good priest. Pray for him. And ask him to consider whether or not God may be calling him.
Father, we thank you for calling us to be workers for the harvest. We pray that more and more faith-filled men will hear and recognize your call on their lives to the priesthood. Amen.