Be the living Word


Wednesday 26 January 2022

WORD of the DAY 

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two  others 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 his 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.’ (Luke 10: 1-9)

How shall I live this Word?  

The Gospel that the liturgy offers us on the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus, collaborators of Saint Paul, is closely related to the Word of yesterday. Even today, Jesus’ invitation is to go with the sole concern of witnessing, with full freedom of spirit, that God is near.

The evangelist Luke precedes the command to go, with another indication: “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest!” As if to say: first pray and then go.

Pray … go … come in … say … stay … heal … it is the handbook of the evangelizer. The space is that of normality, the normality of the street, the normality of the house. Jesus teaches us the gaze with which to go down the street, and with which to enter homes. A look that comes from prayer, from a profound and filial relationship with the Father: a look of peace. Peace because the Kingdom of God is near, because the Kingdom, with Jesus, has become close. If we have the Gospel within, we will bring with our person, even before our words, peace, encouragement, hope. We don’t always wait for others to start. Each one of us, priest, consecrated or lay, can bring the Peace of the Lord to this world, through the streets and houses of life.

Today, at work, at home, along the road, I will seek to have a gaze of peace for all the people I meet.

The Voice of Pope Francis

The most effective and most authentic witness is that of not contradicting, with behavior and with life, what is preached with the Word and what is taught to others! Dear brothers and sisters, teach prayer by praying; proclaim your faith by believing; bear witness by living.


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