In God’s eyes our words have only the value of our actions. - St. Ignatius Loyola – (1491 - 1556: was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, priest, and theologian, who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) )
Gospel Text: (LK 10:1-9)
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
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.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, ‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”
"The harvest is plentiful" is as true today as it was in Jesus' time. But who will preach the Good News?
Jesus warned the seventy disciples in today’s gospel passage to expect resistance and even rejection; it's the same today. How many times have we been ignored and misunderstood for trying to help? Or we might meet indifference from people who are close to us because of our increasingly secular society.
Even today the same message and mission are given to all the baptized, to all those who believes in Christ: "When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: 'The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.'"