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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 18, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two 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 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.’”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When Jesus commissions the 72 disciples to go and prepare the towns where he was to visit, he offered a description of Christian mission. Jesus said that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few; we tend to think this comment refers to the need for priests and ministers, and that is true to an extent, but Jesus is extending to all of us a call to reap the harvest he has sown. The call to prepare the way for Jesus’ coming is universal. Jesus says our vocations to minister will not always be easy. We are to travel light on this path and be flexible in accepting the hospitality that is offered to us. Our mission is to carry peace with us and to heal the sick, and when others reject what we bring them, we are to leave them to their own devices with the hope that they one day will recollect our counsel that the kingdom of God is at hand.

Saint of the day: Luke wrote the Gospel according to Luke, an account that addressed wealthy Gentile who converted to Christianity. Based on reference to a certain Luke in the Pauline letters and certain Pauline themes in the gospel, scholars have speculated that Luke’s gospel might depend upon the teachings and writings of Paul. Certainly, Luke’s own experiences, his love of the poor, his interest in the universality of Christ’s message, his respect for women, and his sense of compassion all color the account of Christ’s life that he wrote. Luke also wrote a second volume, the history of the early church recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. The gospel and Acts were intended to form a single work, and only through the interpolation of John’s gospel between the two accounts have Luke and Acts become thought of as separate books. Tradition suggests Luke was martyred for Christ. Luke’s Greek is excellent; in the New Testament, only the Letter to the Hebrews uses better Greek than Luke’s. The preponderance of evidence would suggest Luke was a Greek pagan who converted to Christianity. Paul refers to Luke the physician, and tradition has identified Paul’s Luke with the Luke who wrote the gospel. Legend has that he was also a painter. Luke may have traveled with Saint Paul and evangelized Greece and Rome with him, personally attending the shipwreck and other perils of the voyage to Rome.

Spiritual reading: In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken, after giving instructions through the holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” (The Acts of the Apostles by Luke the Evangelist)

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