Posted by: livingscripture | October 18, 2010

Twenty Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.

                          Luke 10: 2                  

How should we live this Word 

The Father is the Lord of the harvest, the source and goal of the mission.  He sent His Son to make Himself known and loved.  Jesus has loved us to the point of giving His life so that we might have the possibility of uniting ourselves to Him forever.  Jesus, the Incarnate Son of God, calls the twelve to Himself and then other people to share His mission.  

Today, the Gospel speaks of the seventy two.  It is a huge number but Jesus stresses that ‘the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.’  They will always be too few because God’s plan is immense. It embraces all human beings, the whole earth, and all times.  God is fidelity and calls to each one, ‘the harvest is abundant’ but prayer and human effort are lacking.  Today we bemoan the lack of faith, of priests, of persons who are involved in Church service.  It is up to us to pray so that there will be priests, religious, committed lay persons.  Jesus does not say that following Him is easy.  Rather He tells us He is sending us like lambs among wolves!  However, we will then enter into the Kingdom of God as our Teacher, together with all those who have shared the Word and the Eucharist.                                                             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself if I am aware of my mission in this world.  Do I devote time to praying for workers for God’s vineyard?  Am I a faithful worker?

 Lord Jesus, help me to grow in love for my sisters and brothers without prejudice.  Grant that I may see the urgency of making them know God the Father and His invitation to enter into His Kingdom of love and of peace. 

The voice of Chiara Lubich, Contemporary Mystic

This is what we must do: love God for Himself in His very immensity, in His infinity, in His beauty, in His splendor, in His omnipotence…this will help us to return in the midst of others where our place is.  We will be reinforced just as Jesus was after having prayed the whole night on the mountains, under the starry sky, and then returned to do good among the people.

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