READINGS for 2007-07-08
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...the Lord appointed... – Luke 10:1
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Sirach 31-35
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SENT AND EMPOWERED BY THE LORDWhen it comes to following Jesus as His disciples, or in the carrying out of the ministry, we perhaps have a tendency to be pragmatic. We want to be well-prepared, with well laid-out plans and provisions as it were, plotting steps and foreseeing situations as much as possible. Can it be that such an attitude on our part betrays our lack of trust in Divine Providence? In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in fact, gives detailed instructions to the seventy-two whom He appointed. That is precisely the reason for what should be a selfless, determined confidence in the Lord as we follow Him: we are not just embarking on our own, but we are taking “marching orders” from Someone who even empowers us. That is also why we need not be encumbered by pragmatic provisions, for the Lord indeed will provide after all.
Jesus is not just calling us to follow Him, but He is also sending us to go out as His “advanced party” (note the first verse). It is always a dual action He intends for us: He tells us first “Halikayo,” and then also “Humayo kayo.” He wants us to be disciples (learners, followers — “taga-sunod”), as well as apostles (sent out, as “alagad”).
Later we shall return to Him from our outposts, “in jubilation” for the many wonders which will have taken place in the course of our mission. But Jesus himself sets the record straight when it comes to what should be the real reason for our rejoicing. Just like in cities of ancient times which registered their own citizens (thus enabling them to enjoy all the privileges offered by that city), we too are citizens of the New Jerusalem, we are registered in the Book of Life.
Indeed there’s no need for pragmatic preparations, after all! We exult that we are in fellowship with God. Fr. Martin M.
REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you “gone out” as Jesus commanded?
Thank You, Lord, for entrusting me with Your great commission.
St. Kilian, monk, pray for us.
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