May the peace and love of Christ be with you. It is 18th October 2022. We reflect on 2 Tim 4:10-17 and Luke 10:1-9.
We celebrate the feast of St. Luke, the evangelist. Luke means “bringer of light.” His Gospel is called the Gospel of mercy, poor, and joy.
We are reminded that Luke was a loyal friend and companion who stood by Paul during his trials, tribulations, worries and perseverance when he was old. The statement “Only Luke is with me.” (2 Tim.4:11) shows everything. He was a physician and artist who left us with the portrait of Mother Mary as and motivator. The Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Luke are attributed to him.
Just like the saint Luke, leaving comfortable life and put our education, skills, and gifts into spreading the Good News.
The ministry requires the collaboration of the young and the elderly demonstrated in the life of Paul and Luke.
The Gospel presents us with missionary discourse that shows the urgency in spreading the Good News. The Gospel speaks about Jesus sending 72 disciples two by two. This model of sending two by two offered enormous support, and humility, to witness a minimum of two. “Where two are three are gathered, I am present amidst them.” Peter and John, Barnabas &Paul. The Gospel highlights Hospitality, sharing, communion around the table, not being afraid, the accepting the excluded and marginalized are the support community. How does this display in my family, community, and church to we live and belong?
Bringing God’s saving message that would have a transforming effect on others is our purpose of being a believer. God has called each one of us. Let us not hesitate to say yes to the Lord.
He wrote the message for those who were not Jews. We are sent to share the Gospel and the love of Christ with all people, especially those who have yet to know Christ. There are many who do not know Christ. God wants us to reach out to someone who needs Christ.
“The harvest is abundant, but the labourers are few. Behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Lk.10:2,3).
Wait on the Lord if you are reminded today to reach out to someone. Never be afraid to be an evangelist like St. Luke.
How much are we committed to spreading the Good News? Are we really focused on using all the resources entrusted to us for this noble work? May God bless you.