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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Friday, July 1, 2016

Reflection for Sunday July 3: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others 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 his 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.' Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.' Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town."

The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
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Is it hard to follow the way of Jesus? Yes it’s hard, so we will not follow anymore because it’s hard or we still follow even if it’s hard?

When Jesus sent the seventy two in pairs to serve as His advance party they knew that it would not be a walk in the park for them. They knew that there would be difficulties and hardships as they move ahead with their mission.

Knowing all these difficulties that they are going to face yet they still proceed with their mission. Why? Why proceed when there were many dangers and uncertainties ahead of them? They proceeded because they knew that the abiding presence of Jesus would always be there for them.

This is what weakens our resolve when we follow Jesus; our fear/s of facing the many difficulties and uncertainties. But why fear when the abiding presence of Jesus is always there by our side?

If we will let fear paralyze us there would be no more laborers in the vineyard of the Lord. There would be no more laborers who will take care, shepherd and minister to the abundant harvest.

Why fear when Jesus Himself said: “I am with you always until the end of the world (Matthew 28:20)”.  – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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