Reflection: Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Tuesday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Is.66:10-14; Ps.65; 2nd Reading – Gal.6:14-18; Gospel – Lk.10:1-12, 17-20]

“…WRITTEN IN HEAVEN”

We are told that Jesus was teaching “seventy-two others” which did not comprise of the twelve

Apostles. Instead they were disciples appointed solely for the purpose of being “sent ahead of

Jesus”. Just like John the Baptist, they were to prepare the way of the Lord by following Jesus’ specific instructions:

  1. Jesus starts by highlighting the importance of PRAYER, asking the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. It is in the context of PRAYER that everything is to take place. As a consequence, whatever these seventy-two will be doing depends on their RELATIONSHIP with the Lord of the harvest.

  2. They do not have to wait for a particular moment – they have to start immediately. PRAYER (and therefore the RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD) is not to be delayed.

  3. Being in a RELATIONSHIP with God does not mean that one will not encounter DIFFICULTIES. Difficulties are part and parcel of life. Jesus is in fact sending them “like lambs among wolves”.

  4. So, through PRAYER and an honest RELATIONSHIP with God whenever we are faced with the inevitable DIFFICULTIES of life, if ENTRUSTED to God, He will take care of them and will provide accordingly. For this reason, one does not have to carry a purse, or a haversack or sandals.

  5. The disciples’ encounter with others should not be a quick, short and en passant one. Instead it should be in a house where they are welcomed. They have to take their time, and the first words are to be “Peace to this house”. This is not their ‘own’ peace, but the peace of the Lord.  Through PRAYER/RELATIONSHIP/TRUST in God, the appointed disciples will also bring the PEACE of God to the house in which they are welcomed and hosted.

  6. On the other hand, a welcoming house does not necessarily mean a house ready to accept the PEACE of GOD. If a house is open to both the disciple and the PEACE of God which the disciple brings in the name of Jesus, then this PEACE will “go and rest on that person”. However, if someone of the household is not open to the PEACE of God, it will simply return back to the disciple for him to share it with someone else.

  7. If the disciple goes to a place (be it a house or a town) and he is truly welcomed – given food and drink – because he is appreciated as one sent by Jesus, the same disciple is to announce the PRESENCE of God not only through words (such as “the Kingdom of God is very near to you”) but also through actions (such as curing those who are sick) which are truly not his own, but God’s action through him!

“Lord God, teach us to PRAY and create a RELATIONSHIP of TRUST with You, so that we can share Your PEACE and Your PRESENCE amongst us, through Christ our Lord! Thank You Lord”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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