Tuesday, October 17, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 28TH Week in Ordinary Time
October 18, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 28TH 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) is the author of the third synoptic Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles. Tradition says that he was martyred.
FROM THE FIRST READING: 2 Tm 4: 10 - 12
You must know that Demas has deserted me for the love of this world; he returned to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke remains with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is a useful helper in my work. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 10: 1 - 9
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 laborers 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."'
In the Gospel reading Jesus sends off his disciples to preach the Good News, "The kingdom of God has drawn near to you." Jesus also gives them the power to heal the sick and to expel demons. He tells them to live on the generosity of the people. The preaching of the Good News needs its messengers, "you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest."
In the first reading we hear St. Paul speaking of his helpers and assistants in his preaching the Gospel of Christ. Though the Church is of divine institution, founded by Christ the Son of God, its work continues through the ages through the work and ministry of countless men and women, ordained men, men and women religious and a multitude of generous lay men and women in the parishes and many apostolic works and ministries of the Church. This is the living Church today, watched over by the Holy Spirit, and yet dependent on humans. Let us do our share. Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest to continue to send laborers to his harvest.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MARK ANTHONY & SHEENA LORRAINE TAN
HOWARD & SHARLEEN GODIACO
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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