Posted by: livingscripture | September 30, 2010

Twenty Sixth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.  Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.

                                                   Luke 10: 3-4                

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus addresses these words to the seventy two disciples designated by Him so that, like the Apostles, they too may evangelize the world.  What Jesus told them in regard to their behavior as they go is very indicative for us today as well.  Above all note the expression, “I am sending you.”  Those who evangelize, and every Christian must evangelize, is a sending.  We must never lose sight of the person who sends us, of His dignity and the commanding, optimal character of His teachings.

 The way to test the authenticity of the one sent, is their being ‘meek and humble’ like the One who sends, of Jesus who told us, ‘Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.’  A thinker of some centuries ago said, ‘Man is a wolf toward other men.’  It is a bitter reality.  However, the meaning is evident if it is considered in a social context where everyone attends to their own affairs, seeking power, wealth, and comfort only for self.

 The Christian, on the contrary, is called to be a lamb, one who prefers to pay a personal price rather than demand great things from others.  In precarious situations, they prefer to suffer injustice rather than practice it.  All this because they are truly free.  When Jesus says that those who go to evangelize must have no burden of clothing, bags, rich items, is emblematic precisely because it alludes to this:  nothing and no one must hold them in the trap of an egotistical life.  Even though thousands may get caught in the nets of egoism, you go direct and free on the road of Christ and of His Gospel.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will consider this invitation.

Lord, in this society that urges me to fill my knapsack and bags with a lot of useless rubbish, grant that I may be filled only with the wealth that really counts, Your love.  Open me to it and help me to give it.

 The voice of Gregory the Great, Church Doctor

 Those who take the office of preaching must not do evil but must tolerate it so that with their meekness, they may mitigate the anger of those who wound them.  Those who are wounded can thus succeed with their sufferings to heal the wounds of sin in others.

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