7 July 2019. (14º Ordinary Time)
Jesus and his disciples are traveling to Palestine and announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God. St. Luke tells us that Jesus chose and sent out 72 of them “to the peoples and places he himself was going to go”. It is not only the 12, but many more, because “the harvest is plentiful.” And gives them a few recommendations: – go two by two to prepare the way for him; – he mentions the difficulties they will find: “Like lambs among wolves”; – without being hindered by luggage; – without wasting time on the way; – healing the sick; and the most important thing: – Announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God and bringing peace.
Jesus asks his disciples “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Often, we hear some of the faithful complain about the age of the priests, the amount of work of some with several parishes to take care of, and the lack of vocations. Maybe they have forgotten the mandate of Jesus. Who can the Lord send now? Not only are priests needed, but also committed lay people that can make present the Kingdom with their word and life. People who are willing to face the difficulties in a world of “wolves”. People who trust the Word of the Lord and do not seek the backing of their own assurances and that they do not feel intimidated if they don’t see immediate results. Those who confidently, without fear, are able to live from the love for others, will also be bringing peace to their homes.
Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf