By: Karen Manno
“I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (John 4:38)
It’s early in March, and spring is coming! It’s a time of sowing: the plant nurseries and seed catalogs are stocking up on the flowers and vegetables we’ll enjoy this summer and fall. And it’s a time to reap, in the enjoyment of the buds and flowers appearing now on trees and shrubs that were planted before.
In images of sowing and reaping, laboring and harvesting, Jesus is instructing his disciples about the work they are to do in the world. Though they don’t realize it he is teaching how they--and we--are to continue after he departs, until his return.
It is daunting to think of the darkness and brokenness that besets our world. How could anything I could do make any impact on the vastness of the need all around me? But, how important it is to consider that I am not alone. In our community of St. Catherine’s there are so many opportunities to serve those who need more of the light and love of God. There are ministries in fellowship and personal caring for those within our parish – Stephen Ministry, Sonshine, Calling & Caring, friendships and celebrations and so much more. There are ministries of service for those outside our walls – Elizabeth Inn, Family Promise, blood drives, activities through our diocese and the national church and so much more. My contribution is small, but it can add to the labors of those who have come before and will come after. We bring our individual gifts and together we labor to bring in the Kingdom of God.