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Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist

Today’s readings

On this feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist, we can imagine that the First Reading was chosen for its brief mention of the saint. The Gospel passage is taken from Luke’s account of the Gospel, but he is not mentioned there as he never met Jesus during His earthly life. Nonetheless, today’s Gospel passage is about being appointed and sent by Jesus. As such, each of us can directly relate it to his life as a disciple.

“To be sent” is the literal meaning of an “apostle”. Today’s Gospel passage, however, is not about the sending of the Twelve, but about the sending of the 72 whom Jesus sent ahead of Him as “advance men”. The 72 are to prepare people to receive Jesus. This is how we can relate this Gospel passage to our own lives as disciples. Very few members of the Church serve as successors of the apostles in the role of bishop, but every Christian is sent by Jesus to prepare others to receive Him. This fact is often overlooked today. There is a confusion still, fifty years after the start of the Second Vatican Council, between the roles of the clergy and laity.

The role of the laity in the Church is largely “outside” the Church, in that the laity carries the fruits of the Church into the wider, secular world. The word “apostolate” is all but obsolete today in referring to the work of the laity, but it needs to be reclaimed to describe the right and responsibility of the laity to engage the “world” with the Good News of Christ.

Diocese of Wichita

Commentary on the Sunday Readings for July 14

Here is Word to Life from Catholic News Service

Thoughts on the readings for Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings

Imagine what was going through the minds of the Twelve. Jesus calls them to leave their work to follow Him. Then He gives them their job description (yesterday) – they were to cure the sick, raise the dead to life and drive out demons. They probably thought, “How can we do this?”

Now in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells them, “I am sending you like sheep among wolves.” You will be scourged, hated and persecuted.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think I would be ready to run at that moment. I am being called from what I know and from my comfort zone. I am being asked to do things that seem humanly impossible. Now I’m being told that this will lead to persecution.

Why would these men continue on the mission? It was because they had met the person of Jesus, the Messiah, God-with-us. He was worth leaving everything behind. He was worth being scourged, hated and persecuted. He was worth dying for.

(Taken from somewhere on the net, but I can’t remember where!)

Thoughts about today’s readings

Read today’s readings.

Jesus is still talking with his disciples on their role as Apostles. He basically tells them what to do and say.

Their most important message is to proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand. That kingdom is, of course, present in Jesus, and it will also be present in the Apostles who are called to do the same things that Jesus is doing.

In this day and age, all of us are also called to proclaim the kingship of God by our words and actions. The Church itself is called to bring healing to people where it is needed.

There are so many different things affecting peoples’ lives and breaking their spirit, that we must acknowledge that there is a lot of work to be done for them in the name of Christ. Each of us is called, but we must respond in our own way, at our own pace, using the gifts that have been given to us, and acknowledging our own situation in life at this time.

Jesus tells the Apostles to travel lightly. This sort of put into my mind the words of Pope Francis just last weekend, when he was addressing seminarians and novices in a special gathering at the Vatican. The Pope told them not to have the latest cell phones and the finest cars. He said that these things are important tools, but that the true disciple will only have what is necessary to proclaim the Good News. Extravagance is not a good evangelizing method.

I guess if we wanted to have some type of modern model for what Jesus is requesting of his followers, I think it would the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. To this day, the Sisters follow the theological life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In their ministry they may have to use some of the modern tools, but their main work remains to serve the poorest of the poor, the homeless, the sick, the rejected. Mother Teresa once said that “I do own things but they do not own me.”

How many of us could say the same thing about some of our possessions? This is where Mother Teresa and her Sisters are so different from us!

We might ask ourselves two questions as we ponder the readings for today. Where is our real security? What kind of service and hospitality do we give to others in need?

The Concho Padre

Wednesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Click here to see today’s readings.

Well, folks, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, is not celebrating his public daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta until September. He is doing this to give the members of the Vatican staff, both priests and laity, the opportunity to have some time off. So here are my reflections on today’s readings.

Today Jesus refers to the twelve specially selected collaborators as Apostles. The word “Apostle” means “one who is sent.” And so he sends them out with authority to cure illnesses and to dispel unclean spirits. He particularly instructs them to proclaim the Kingdom of God to all the people of Israel.

When we are growing up, we sometimes sense that something like this is being expected of us — maybe by our parents and friends — and possibly even by Christ himself. Sooner or later, we are called to share the Good News of Jesus to those around us. This can be by our personal testimony, or simply by our actions and the way that we live.

All of this may be too much for us. We do not feel worthy in the minds of other people, and maybe even more so as we look in the eyes of Our Lord.

We think about our own knowledge of the Gospel, which may be inadequate. We worry that people who know us won’t listen to us anyway.

But cheer up. Look at the motley crew that Jesus chose as his Apostles. It shows us that he can choose anyone to be his Apostle, even us. Look at Peter, who denied him three times. He not only accepted him, but made him the rock on whom the Church would be built and sustained.

So we need to be listening. Do you hear Jesus calling you? How does he call, and how do we answer?

We need to be attuned in order that by grace we become aware of the call to Apostleship. He will invite us. When he does let us hope to have the grace which gives us the courage and the strength to say, “Yes, Lord!”

The Concho Padre

Gospel – Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel Mt 9:32-38

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Gospel – Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel Mt 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Gospel – Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel Mt 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

Scripture Commentary

Here is a Scripture Commentary from Catholic News Service for this Sunday.
Read Word to Life.

The Concho Padre

Gospel – Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist – June 24

Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.