Whom Shall I Send? ‘Here I am Lord!’ becomes the exact and most applicable answer to this reflective question. Each one is called to be a missionary in his/her own way. The same question is addressed to every Christian and religious by our Lord himself, as God invited prophet Jeremiah in his younger age, to be a prophet to the nation. Jeremiah said, “Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to him, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’ for you shall go to all, to whom I send you and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you.” Every religious in a very special way is called to for this important mission in life.
When this question is addressed to each one of us, what will be our response? ‘Here I am or Here I am not.’ God has specially created us in his own image and likeness in order to accomplish a particular mission in the Universe. Himself being ‘the true way’ he asks “Whom Shall I send?” - because he wants to accompany us in all our endeavors and undertakings. For instance, He sent his only beloved Son Jesus Christ to this world to bring salvation to the people and to redeem them from sin and darkness. During Jesus’ mission the spirit of the Lord was always with him. Similarly, when we courageously say ‘Send me Lord wherever you want’ he will not abandon us instead he will be with us completely to strengthen us, to direct us and to accomplish his mission in us.
All of us are called to be missionaries. Are we bold enough to triumph before the Lord and say “Here I am Lord”? We may give numerous reasons to be away from this mission work. We need to realize not the struggles and sufferings of mission life, but the fruit of this marvelous and awe-inspiring work. We will experience the sweetness and taste of the work if we have passion and love for God’s work. Although the prophets in the Old Testament like Jonah, Jeremiah and others gave certain excuses denying God’s invitation, He did not leave them in their own way; rather he went behind them and caught hold of them firmly for his mission. When God chooses anyone, there is no possibility to escape his watchful eyes until the work is done.
We must be faithful and be daring to respond to God’s calling to be missionaries and to reach out to the ends of the earth. Are we ready to say ‘Yes’, to the Lord no matter how weak, less talented, incapable we may be? It is God, who gives everything to us. He knows what, when and to whom. He wants us to do His mission work not ours.
Therefore let us beseech the Master of the harvest to sow the seed of Mission in us that we may volunteer for His work in the mission lands. Let the Spirit of each missionary inspire us too. Finally let us carry the light of Christ to dispel the darkness amidst of the hearts of many in grave need.
Cl. Arockia Berdouil SDB