18 October 2016
Tuesday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Luke, Evangelist
2 Tm 4:10 – 17b / Lk 10:1 – 9.
A Greek physician from Antioch, St. Luke the Evangelist (d c.84) wrote the third Synoptic Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Tradition says he was martyred. Together with Sts. Cosmas and Damian (d 303), he is the patron of doctorsl; because he is said to have painted an icon of Our Lady, he is the patron of painters.
Gospel Reading: Lk 10:1-10
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, "The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.
"Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: 'Peace to this house.' If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house.
"When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: 'The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.'"
The Gospel reading is about the missioning by Jesus of the seventy-two disciples, to "cure the sick" and to "proclaim that the kingdom of God has come near to you." Jesus shares his ministry of preaching and healing with his disciples. He emphasized the value of teamwork, to travel "in pairs." He gave them instructions about where to stay ("do not stop at the homes of those you know"), what to bring ("without purse or bag or sandals"), what to expect ("I am sending you like lambs among wolves"; "stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid").
"The harvest is plentiful" is as true today as it was in Jesus' time. Who will preach the Good News? Who are the people that need to be evangelized today?
Jesus warned the seventy disciples to expect resistance and even rejection; it's the same today. How many times have we been ignored and misunderstood for trying to help? Or we might meet indifference from people who are close to us because of our increasingly secular society.
Even today the same message and mission are given to all the baptized, to all those who believes in Christ: "When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: 'The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.'"
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Evangeline V. Ayos
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Alfredo C. Dy (Aug 12, 1926 – Oct 18, 2010)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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