On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 18, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

To proclaim the message, good news, the joy of the Gospel is everyone’s mission and responsibility. Not a select few held in high esteem, not just bishops, priests, clergy or religious. All of us that means you and me. 

Many say they do not know how to begin or what to say, even how to say it. Ask yourselves, who is Jesus to you? Who is He in your life? How deep is your relationship with Him?  If He is the centre of your life and of which has been transformed by Him. To one filled with His joy and with His peace. How easy then it is to speak of that, to speak about the wonders of Him in your life. The way you would share about the stories of a dear and loved one who brings joy to your heart. 

Going forth to share the Lord with others will not always be easy. There will be some challenges, sacrifices to be made. Patience, fortitude to go the distance and at times we will have to face rejection. Yet the Holy Spirit will be with us every step of the way. The fruit of our labour will be to witness the glory of the Lord our God working in the lives of those we minister to. Truly it is something to marvel and behold! And together we all experience the abounding love of Christ which embraces and unites us.  

Let us put our love for Jesus into action. Amen 

St Luke pray for us…. 

First reading
2 Timothy 4:10-17

Demas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonika, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia; only Luke is with me. Get Mark to come and bring him with you; I find him a useful helper in my work. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, and the scrolls, especially the parchment ones. Alexander the coppersmith has done me a lot of harm; the Lord will repay him for what he has done. Be on your guard against him yourself, because he has been bitterly contesting everything that we say.
The first time I had to present my defence, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Luke 10:1-9

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”’

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