may2013Led by the Spirit - A new springtime

Walking alongside a riverbank I saw remnants of snow still lurking among dead branches of trees, while the first signs of spring were rising as blades of new grass.

Winter is powerful where I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. The season influences our lives in such a way that we long for springtime; a new season that allows time for labour on unworked land trusting in God that it will produce rows of grain, knowing that no harvest can be expected if no seed is sown.

In the Christian life as well as in the farming business, springtime is a call to invest one's earnest efforts for future gains. This challenge was presented by Pope John Paul II's vision of spring as he invited the world to not passively observe a fleeting season, but called all Christians to become engaged in their personal commitment to Jesus Christ. In 1998 Pope John Paul II brought this to the attention of the U.S. bishops:

"The new evangelization that can make the twenty-first century a springtime of the gospel is a task for the entire people of God, but will depend in a decisive way on the lay faithful being fully aware of their baptismal vocation and their responsibility for bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to their culture and society." The Church, he said, is the great defender of moral wisdom and true human freedom in the modern world, and is "never marginal, even when she seems weak in the eyes of the world."

Vivian-15Today, we the Church are living in the midst of a culture of death; a culture increasingly hostile to the spiritual values of the Christian faith. Our challenge is to respond to our call – the mission to represent Christ here on this earth. Are we ready to intensely evangelize by our mere willingness to share our own personal stories of faith in truth and love so that others might be set free?

As we enter into a new springtime I pray that you will grow deeper in your personal relationship with Jesus. As you plant your gardens and flowers may you be reminded that you are called to sow the seed of faith and a labour for the harvest that will yield thirty, sixty and one hundred fold. Let's say it together: Here I am Lord, send me.

May Scripture

Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Keynote speaker @ One Voice Outreach- Women's Luncheon
Ramada Inn, Brookdale Ave., Cornwall, Ontario

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Guest speaker: At Thy Word Ministries Church 
Church service: 10:00 a.m.-3120 Duval Ave. Cornwall, Ontario