Day 31 (Apr1)
– Sowers wanted!

Day 31 (Apr 1)
Sowers wanted!

Will you respond to the call of the master of the harvest and become one of his laborers

(cf. Matthew 9:37-38)?

“The fruitfulness of lay ministries depends on their living union with Christ.”

- cf. Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People n.4, Vatican II.

“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). As Christians, we know how lethal devil's tactics are; we know many people are still without the armor of God. So, how can we possibly stay unmoved when our Lord tells us, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37)?

“Whom shall I send?” God asked a pressing question in Isaiah 6:8. On hearing God's call, Prophet Isaiah promptly offered his service: “Here I am…send me!” (Isaiah 6:8). So did Simon (Peter), James and John, who radically “left everything and followed him” when Jesus invited them to be fishers of men (Luke 5:11).

It's easy for us to think these were “special people” who had God's special favors. Didn't Jesus commission only his apostles to “make disciples of all nations” on his Ascension (Matthew 28:11,19)? We are no Peter, James and John; no prophet; and no apostles. So, why should we bother?

We may choose to conveniently forget, but the Catechism reminds us that through Baptism and Confirmation, we are consecrated to participate in Christ's mission as priests, prophets and kings (cf. CCC 1546). Like the “special people” above, the clergy, and the religious, we also have the priestly duty of spreading the Gospel.

In Vatican II, the Church officially encouraged all Christians to exercise their priestly duty and help the Church to draw the unbelievers to the Christian faith. Through families, church communities, social and occupational networks, national and international spheres – we have countless opportunities to witness to the Christian faith.

But let's not put the cart before the horse. The witnessing is only as good as the witness himself. To exercise our priestly duty well – to be a good sower of the Lord – our lay ministries must be exercised in unity with Christ. Since the Church is the Body of Christ, it means we must submit ourselves to the teaching authority of the Church.

Also, to ensure we continue to grow spiritually, we are encouraged by the Church to build or join small church communities (cf. Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People n.10, Vatican II). To grow in holiness and to evangelize effectively, we need community support. We simply cannot achieve these goals alone.


Do I have the courage and the generosity to respond affirmatively to God's call to be one of the laborers for His harvest? If I am already one of them, what must I do to make my work more productive?


Dear Lord! Thank You for granting me the opportunity to be part of this soul-searching reflection. It makes my heart burn (cf. Luke 24:32)! How can I resist when Mother Church comes calling? How can I resist when our Lord needs laborers for his harvest?

As my response to Your call to join the lay apostolate, I will seek the advice of my spiritual adviser and find out what is the best way for me to contribute.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The FLL has been blessed with the opportunity to partner with Fr. Simon Wong to promote small faith communities. Fr. Wong's talks can be accessed from the
FLL Catholic Resource Centre
FLL YouTube “small faith communities” playlist,