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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reflection for Saturday October 18, Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist; Luke 10:1-9

Gospel: Luke 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.’”
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How could we become effective bearers of the teachings of Jesus? We should live simply, we should lean on Jesus in everyday of our lives. This doesn’t mean that we just lay idle and wait for the bread from heaven to come to us. This means that we still have to work but at the same time we will not let our work control us we would rather let the values of Jesus take control of us while we work.   

Is it still possible to live simply today where the culture of greed and accumulation rules? Of course it’s still very much possible it’s actually upon our hands on how we would live in this world. If we would let the culture of greed and accumulation rule us or we would let the simple lifestyle of Jesus rule us.

 It’s all in our hands because Jesus gave us the freedom of choice. But it would be prudent to follow the desire of Jesus for us none other than to live our lives simply and to depend on Him at all times and not depend on us or anyone.  

When Jesus sent the seventy-two disciples to their mission He advocated total dependence on Him which translates to simple living. Why? Because it’s only through this that they could become effective bearers of the good news of Jesus.  

How are you living your life today? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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