May all meet the Savior in us...
Reflections on the readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 7, 2019): IS 66:10-14; PS 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; GAL 6:14-18; LK 10:1-12,17-20
MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days
After the disciples that Christ sent to prepare the way for Him returned, He listened to what they had to say.
He must have been please that they understood that they were able to drive out demons only because they did it in His name. They could never have succeeded in their task if they had depended on themselves. “Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:19-20). Their power was His power and their message, His message. Jesus needed to reinforce the point that God’s grace makes all things possible. Moreover, not one of us can have our name “written in heaven” on our own.
Our Lord wants us to support each other. He counts on us to pass along His Good News and to encourage others to live in accordance with the will of God. It is not enough to want God’s will for ourselves. We need to cooperate with Him to help those around us seek and obey His plans for them, too. If we are really concerned about our own spiritual welfare, we must also care about the souls of others, whether loved ones, neighbors, or strangers. If we rely on Christ, He will show us the way to reveal His compassion to everyone we encounter.
Suggested missionary action: Let us do what we can to share our belief in our Lord with those around us. By giving the example of our ardent faith, hope and love for Jesus, we may influence people in ways we never know.