First Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14c
Second Reading: Galatians 6:14-18
Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
Some of us feel a little uncomfortable when we read this passage from Luke’s gospel that describes how Jesus sent out seventy-two of his followers to share the Good News. We imagine TV evangelists or people who ring our doorbell and want to talk about Scripture and we don’t want to be like them. But it does sound like Jesus is asking all of us to spread the word that “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.” We know that God endowed each of us with gifts and talents. So it would seem that Jesus invites us to use these gifts in his service. Some of us have the gift of eloquence and are called to preach in public settings. Some of us have the courage and the compassion to be missionaries in foreign lands. But all of us are called to share the good news by the way we lead our lives. As we reflect on our own life experiences, don’t we often recognize how strongly the example of others has influenced us? Our baptism calls us to lead others to Jesus. How can I best answer this call?
1. Where do you see the message of Christian faith being rejected in the world today? What is your response to that?
2. How does Jesus ask you to spread the gospel in the world today?
Strengthen my faith, dear Lord, so that I live more grounded in you and give stronger witness to your loving commitment to us, your people. Amen.
Friday, August 01, 2014