All Christians through baptism are preachers of the Word. Saint Paul says, “all of us who possess the first fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.” What he is saying is that everything we do, everything we think and say belongs to Christ and through us He communicates to the world.
When we sow the seed of the word, we rarely see the effects of that sowing. We can look back on our own lives and remember people who affected us and yet they never knew how much they changed us; old teachers, our parents, priests, former classmates, coworkers. We have an effect on people’s lives in what we say and more importantly in what we do.
As Christians, Jesus works through us, no matter how unworthy we think we are.
Today we live in an age of instant gratification and quick communications, but as sowers of the Seed, we must not forget to cultivate, in the Lord’s vineyard, patience, hope and trust, that the seed we sow will be rich only when left for the Lord to harvest.
It is after all God’s work we do, not our own. Isaiah told us: “so the word that goes forth from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.” As Christians, we are preachers of the Word. It is something we cannot avoid. It is who we are. We belong to Christ and through us, He communicates to the world