What did the 70 appointed do?
They went to proclaim The Kingdom of God from town to town, healing the sick, taking hospitality from strangers and Challenging the religious system of their time.
But what does it means for us today?
After Mass, when we are home, are we really take the gospel with us and reflect upon it? Are we really listening to what Jesus Christ is saying to us? Or do we leave the Gospel here in the church and go back to our usual business?
What phrase and word touched our heart? What message did we get? What action are we going to take?
In this evening’s Gospel the words that stand out for me are:
Peace, Healing, Giving and receiving hospitality………The Kingdom of God has come near.
The Instructions that Jesus gave to the 70 then, are instructions for us to follow today.
As Christians, we are his hands, his feet and his love for God and neighbours.
Here and now we must listen to his word as the 70 did, and follow his instructions.
We must proclaim the Kingdom of God by reaching out to the needs of our community, reaching out to people who are suffering discrimination, challenging injustice, taking care of the sick, and the lonely, offering practical help, telephone calls or a visit, offering prayers and moral support;
letting them know that we are Christians, talking about our belief, and letting people know about the activities and services we do at our church.
In all this we must ask God to give us strength especially when we are among wolves,
The wolves of greed, pain, the wolves of war and climate changes.
Lord gives us strength to fulfil your mission and to change this world into a better place – now and for the future generation. Your Kingdom come.