Sunday, July 8, 2007
Lambs in the Midst of Wolves
Today's Gospel lesson (Luke 10:1-11, 16-20) says in part, "The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves....but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'"
This was the first time our Lord had appointed so many missionaries at one time, and from the text it appears that he would like to have appointed more. There is always room for people to populate the Kingdom of God, and there is always room for people to help to perpetuate the Kingdom of God.
Careful what you pray, however. If you pray that God will send out laborers into the harvest, you might also have to pray "Here am I. Send me."
It is always good to be forewarned about those wolves, and it is also good to rejoice that our names are written in heaven.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek
Posted by Linda McCloud+ at 6:00 AM