Thoughts for the Month

October

Autumn is very definitely with us; the leaves are changing colour and starting to drop from the trees, and we celebrate ‘Harvest’ in our churches and in many pubs!

It is important that we do give thanks for a successful harvest. Without one, not only do the farmers not make a good livelihood, but we would not get the food that we need to sustain us. 

In St Luke’s Gospel Chapter 10 we read that Jesus appointed seventy to go out in twos to every town and place that he would later visit. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go your way; behold I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves………………”

In this passage, the word ‘harvest’ is much more than just the successful gathering in of crops. It refers to the gathering of souls to follow Jesus, to follow His ways. The seventy are to take God’s peace to every house. Everyone in each house will be given the opportunity to accept that peace; if they choose not to do so, they will not be given a second chance; Jesus’ chosen ones will leave.                                                                             

Do we carry God’s peace to those we meet? Are we God’s labourers who gather in His harvest? We need to reach out to those we meet and invite them to be part of the Lord’s rich harvest.