First Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14c
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20
Second Reading: Galatians 6:14-18
Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
The theme of today’s Gospel is discipleship—its challenges, its difficulties, and its rewards. Sharing the mission of Jesus can be difficult; however, everyone is called to do it. It is clear that Jesus expected his followers to experience welcome and also rejection. For us today, the challenge is the same. We are to proclaim Jesus in the way we live and in the way we deal with adversity and suffering.
Jesus told his disciples to take no money bag, sack, or sandals. They are to travel light and accept the hospitality offered them. As the source of all we possess and all we are, Jesus alone will give us daily what we most need. We are called to keep our focus on God and trust in that love for security, not in the “things” of this world. That is a challenge we encounter in this consumeristic world we live in. The question is how to keep our face turned toward God while living in a land of plenty in the United States. The call is to put God before all else being compassionate to all.
Jesus, you call us to be bringers of peace and healing. With the peace you offer us, we must be ready to transform our world from the culture of war and hatred to a culture of peace. Help us to affect others positively. We trust in your encouraging presence with us now and forever.
Rose Marie Weckenmann, OSF