SERMON OF THE WEEK
Sunday, June 16, 2013 Next Sunday is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel reading for Sunday is from Luke 10:1-11.
Topic: "Jesus sends out his followers to do missionary work."
Gospel Reading: (Luke 10:1-11)
"1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and
sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and
place where he was about to go.
2He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,
to send out workers into his harvest field.
3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet
anyone on the road.
5 When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.'
6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him;
if not, it will return to you.
7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever
they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.
Do not move around from house to house.
8 When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what
is set before you.
9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The
kingdom of God is near you.'
10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed,
go into its streets and say,
11 Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet
we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this:
The kingdom of God is near."
Message: During our younger ages, we usually spend years in
school and college for our education, develop social
skills and talents. Later we use that knowledge for
internships or on the job training to gain work experience.
This training helps us to secure a job for livelihood and
Today's gospel describes a similar situation of
internships for the followers of Jesus. The time
has come that they need to spread the message that Jesus had taught them and the miracles Jesus had
Jesus commissions his followers to go out ahead of
him and prepare the way for him by doing the same
things he had undertaken.
Jesus sends the followers ahead of him with specific
First,they are to go in pairs. Christian service is a collective enterprise. The forces of evil and selfishness
may destroy us if we do God's work alone and without
the company of others. Together we can overcome
those obstacles and transform the world. We must
collectively hold ourselves accountable before God.
It is important for us to work collectively.
Second, Christians should enter each household like a lamb walking in to the midst of wolves. They shall
enter the house only with God in their hearts. Then
only they are safe from the wolves. They should hold
firmly to themselves in the love of God. They should
always walk in faith.
Third, always travel light. Jesus asks them to focus on God instead of those who receive them as hosts.
Jesus tells his followers to bring peace to their
households, heal the sick, and proclaim that the
Kingdom of God is at hand.
Jesus tells them that there is much work to do but
not enough people to do the work. "The harvest is
great but not enough laborers."
Jesus' ministry included both physical and spiritual
healing. The concerns of the people were demons and
sickness. People believed that layers of satanic or evil
powers existed between God and humanity.
Today the situation is not different. The demons
of alcohol, and drug abuse are amongst us today. We
saw in Oprah and Dr. Phil's shows the parade of the
demons of domestic violence and abuse. In the Jerry
Springer show we still see the demons of drug addictions
and oppression. Some of the demons have names and
others don't. We all have our own demons we struggle
with daily. The demons today are just as influential as
they were in Jesus' time. There are so many of us who
are spiritually sick today as they were back then.
We are left with a question. How to deal with the
problems many of us experience? It is for sure that positive change will occur in us when we come to know
God and share his plans for us. We need to overcome
the evil in this world. For that God must live in our
hearts. There is a world full of hurt people who are
out there looking for some hope to get out of the
troubles they face each day. God's grace can change
them from the satanic influence. Jesus sent his
followers to make a difference in the lives of many
people. What really counts in the long run is, with the
help of Jesus, we can get up again when we fall, and
when we seem in despair, we can expect Jesus to help
The center of Jesus' teachings is that God is a God
of love, so loved the world that he gave his only son to
suffer and die for us so that we might have a new life.
Like Jesus'disciples, we can carry out the same
ministry of Jesus Christ by sharing God's love with
those people who are a part of our everyday lives.
Such love will definitely change the world and the
people around us.
(Prepared by: Rev. Dr. V KurianThomas, Valiyaparambil) kurianvthomas@...