I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

My Reflection for July 7, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

My Reflection:
An Extra Ordinary Minister of the Holy Communion was asked by his parish priest if he could go to a nearby village for a house blessing. The minister of the Holy Communion agreed so he went wearing his uniform that would identify him as such. When he arrived everyone was calling him father so the lay minister would always tell them that he was not the priest. Majority of those who were present were also not able to respond to the prayers.

What can we learn from this true story? Many Catholics do not know how to differentiate a priest from a lay minister. Many of us do not even know the basic prayers of the church. Thus we become Catholics in name only. We need to be evangelized; we need to be educated about the teachings of the church. Indeed the harvest is abundant but the laborers are still few.

When Jesus appointed the seventy two to become His co-workers in his vineyard He recognized that there was plentiful harvest but very few workers to help Him. Is this not the situation also right now as depicted by our story?  The call of Jesus to the seventy two is His call to us also. Jesus wants us to become His close friends and partners in His ministry of evangelization. Let us not worry about the cost and hardship that it would entail us because Jesus will always be there to walk with us. 

Upon their return Jesus told them: “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven." The same words we will hear the moment we respond in whatever way to His call.

What are we doing about this? Are we just content to be an observer?  

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