"The Harvest is Abundant, But Laborers Few"
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Lk 4:18-19)
11 December, Bacolod City, Philippines
We are reminded of the saying, "the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the Master of the harvest to send laborers into His vineyard" (Lk 10:2).
Our Lord asks us to pray!
In this Spirit and with this goal, we- the Pallottines in the Philippines- are not only praying, but also traveling around our island of Occidental Negros to promote and seek Pallottine vocations to serve God and His Church.
Though the Philippines is a Catholic country, vocation promotion is a very important aspect of our ministry here. Hence, when our Diocese of Bacolod dedicated November to the month of vocations, we took this time to really cast our nets over the boat with other Sisters!
Overall, the response was both positive and negative. Positive in the sense that many are welcome to receive us, help us, and spending time to promote vocations with us. Even one Mayor took us herself to the different schools of her territory.
However, the negative is that many young people today are not responding as disciples of Jesus; who saw Jesus, left everything, and followed Him instantly.
We feel we must do more groundwork; we must take more time to visit these places more frequently. Hence, we have already scheduled conducting one day recollection period with the students at the schools.
While we are a Catholic country, finding vocations- at present- is a challenge. But we also know that the Spirit will never abandon us in our precious mission!
Fr. Sarjit Xalxo SAC, Rector, Philippines