Proclaiming that God is Near
Malvern Minute

 

October 18, 2017 – Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Luke, Evangelist

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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.'”

 

Reflect: The Kingdom of God is at hand for you. Proclaiming the Kingdom of God is such an important element in the Gospels. In todays Gospel, Jesus sends out the seventy-two disciples to prepare the hearts of people to receive him.  As we celebrate the feast of Luke the Evangelist, we recognize that the Gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles, which he authored, are wrought with announcements of the Kingdom of God. As current day disciples, we are called to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When we share an insight that struck us about a passage from scripture, when we offer to pray for or with someone, when we encourage someone who is overwhelmed with the burdens of life, when we speak a word of hope and truth in an otherwise bleak and dark situation – we announce to others that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. We, and our world, are not alone. The grace of God is abundant. God wants to share himself with us. He sends us out to prepare the way, to prepare hearts to receive him. He sends us to reassure desperate and confused lives that he is with them. May our work as disciples announce the hope and peace of Christ to our society that is beleaguered with pain, false promises, wounded lives, rampant fear and distrust, as well as countless heavy burdens. As we announce that the Kingdom of God is near, we proclaim the Good News, we proclaim the Truth.

 

Questions: How is God using me as a disciple to proclaim his Good News to people that I encounter every day? Do I pray for the courage, prudence and wisdom to fulfill this role? Who might be in my path today needing words of hope, peace, encouragement or consolation?

 

Pray: Loving God, you used the life of Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of your love for the poor and broken hearted. Grant that I might persevere in what you ask of me. May more disciples be lifted up so that all peoples may learn of the truth of your Kingdom.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Saint Luke: Pray for us!

Saint Luke was a Syrian physician and companion of Saint Paul. He authored the Acts of the Apostles and a Gospel for gentile Christians which speaks of God’s mercy, universal salvation, love of the poor and marginalized, absolute renunciation, prayer, and the Holy Spirit. Luke shows a particular sensitivity to the hidden movement of the heart; his is the only Gospel that presents the parables of the Good Samaritan and the prodigal son. In his encyclical Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy) Saint John Paul Ii calls Luke the “Gospel of Mercy.” Luke is symbolized by a winged ox (see Ezekiel 1). He is patron of the medical profession, painters, artists, sculptors and butchers.

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