Luke 10, 1-12.17-20:
Sunday, 3rd July 2022 (14 OT C)
Jesus and his disciples are going through Palestine and announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God. Luke tells us that Jesus chose and sent 72 of them “to the towns and places where he was planning to go”. They are not only the 12, but many more, because “the harvest is plentiful”. And he gave them some recommendations: – that they go two by two to prepare the way for him; – he warns them of the difficulties they will encounter: “like lambs among wolves”; – without any baggage to hinder them; – without wasting time on the way; – healing the sick; and most importantly: – announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God and bringing them peace.
Jesus asks his disciples to “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest”. We often hear some of the faithful complaining about the age of the priests, the workload of some of them with several parishes under their care, and the lack of vocations. Perhaps they have forgotten Jesus’ command. Who can the Lord send today? Not only priests are needed, but also committed lay people who, with their word and their life, make the Kingdom present. People who are ready to face difficulties in a world “of wolves”. People who trust in the Word of the Lord and do not seek the support of their own securities, who are not intimidated if they do not see immediate results. Those who with confidence, without fear, are able to live out of love for others, will also be bringing peace to their homes.
Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual
How do you bring God’s message?