Posted by: livingscripture | February 14, 2015

Fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“After this the Lord named another seventy-two disciples and sent them two by two before him in every city and place where He was to go.”   

 (Luke 10: 1)   

How should we live this Word Jesus and disciples

Two is the beginning of many and the seed of the Community.  It is the germ of reciprocity and of charity.  In addition, it reveals our just position to us as ‘second’ reminding us that only God must have the primacy in our life and in all things.In the choice of His disciples, Jesus prefers the number two.  We see the brothers long the Sea of Galilee, Simon and Andrew, James and John.  Here there are seventy-two who are sent two by two and today we celebrate the feast of two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, blood brothers and brothers in the faith.  Perhaps this number speaks to us of reciprocal help, of witness, and of what Matthew says in his Gospel, “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst” (18: 20).  It is the sign of the Lord’s presence that keeps us united.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus’ wisdom in encouraging reciprocal help in the proclamation of His Word.

Lord, when I am tempted to make myself the center of plans, of conversation, of every action, of wanting to prevail, help me to listen to You telling me to ‘be second…to follow You!’ 

The Voice of Pope Francis in his homily on February 14, 2014 

We cannot picture a static Christian, a Christian who remains static is sick in his Christian identity.  He has a sickness in that identity.  Christians are disciples who walk, who go.  Thus, the first attitude of Christian identity is to walk, to walk even when there are difficulties, to go beyond the difficulties.  As sheep, we must not become wolves.  Sometimes we are tempted to think, “But this is difficult, these wolves are sly and I will be slyer than them.”  We must be lambs, with Christian astuteness, but always lambs because if we are lambs, He will defend us.  But if we feel strong as wolves, He will not defend us.  He will leave us alone and the wolves will eat us alive.

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