In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is “moved with pity” for the Israelites, the chosen people of his father. He tells them to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Ask the master (God the Father) of the harvest (His creation) to send out laborers (evangelist / preachers) for his harvest. What does Jesus mean by evangelizing?
The Greek word Euangelion meaning “glad tidings” would have been familiar to the people in the early New Testament era. It was customary for a king after winning a battle to send evangelists with glad tidings of the victory ahead to the townspeople. Jesus telling his disciples to go out and evangelize with glad tidings is a recognition for us and the people there is a new king, the only king, Jesus Christ. Who won the battle over death and sin.
Have we heeded to the call of bringing glad tidings to the world? Do we share our faith and good news enough with those who haven’t heard? This season of Advent allows us to take a step back and properly sit vigilant for Christ. Do you want him to find you vigilant holding the good news all to yourself?