Working for the Harvest
Malvern Minute

 

October 5, 2017 – Thursday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Priest

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

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (10:1-12)

Jesus appointed seventy-two other 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 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.”

 

Reflect: Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand. As Jesus sends off disciples to labor for the harvest, he directs them to trust in Divine Providence and to rely entirely on God for everything. He wants them to travel light and to focus on proclaiming the Kingdom of God. What he wants them to do is to witness with their own lives trust in God. If they show that they rely on the will of God and become instruments of healing, kindness, joy and hope, the people they encounter will begin to understand that “proclaiming the Kingdom of God” is more than spouting off a few words.  It is a way of life. It is the joy of knowing beyond doubt that we are loved and provided for by the Heavenly Father. It is an invitation to repent and believe in the Gospel.  Jesus sends us out as disciples into the world today. We can be encumbered by many things, but Jesus asks that we turn over more and more of our life to him. He asks us to give thanks to God for all things and at all times.  He asks that we proclaim the Kingdom of God by our own repentance, by reflecting joy, hope, faith and love, as well as a desire to be united with him.  We announce the Kingdom of God by what we live.  We invite others to desire what it is they see – the joy of a life lived united with God the Father, Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit Advocate.

Questions: Does my life reflect joy, peace, hope, forgiveness and love? Would someone know about the love and mercy of God by observing my life and how I interact with others? How might Jesus be calling me to trust him more and to let go of some unnecessary baggage in my life?

Pray: Loving God, you are the source of all that I am and all that I have. Help me to trust you and to witness to your Kingdom by the way I live and treat others.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos: Pray for us!

Francis Xavier was born in Bavaria and came to the United States in 1844. He was ordained a Redemptorist priest and served mostly German immigrants in Pittsburgh under the direction of Saint John Neumann. He was novice master and teacher of seminarians in Baltimore. Francis Xavier became a full-time itinerant preacher serving throughout the Northeast and upper Midwest. It is said that little children were rapt by his catechesis and vast numbers of people sought healing through his ministry as a confessor. In 1867, Francis died from yellow fever in New Orleans at the age of forty-eight. He was declared “Blessed” by Saint John Paul II on April 9, 2000.

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