FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Week 2 of Ordinary Time
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. (Luke: 10: 1-9)
How shall I live this Word?
Feeling like an outnumbered minority, unable to bring the work to completion with our strength alone is the first experience that the Lord provides for us when He sends us. He does not try to arouse our vanity or delude us with promises of a life of ease and immediate success. Rather, He invites us to pray. Only with Him are we able to bring our human work to completion. For us who are used to well-structured schedules, pursuing efficiency with very refined techniques, who mark our days following the criteria of maximum profit, the surrender requested by Jesus is a scandalous trial of our moderation and spoliation…no money bag, no sack, no sandals, no greeting…moderate and simple, essential and genuine like unaware lambs in the midst of a world of rapacious wolves driven by instinct. Thus small but free, raising our eyes, we will be able to contemplate the blessedness of that ripe harvest, and be able to unite in one and the same joy those who sow and those who reap (John 4: 35-38).
It can happen that I sometimes feel crushed by the weight of a Christian life in which I do not see the fruit of my work. I am tempted to let go, to ask my superior for a change, to doubt the commitments I have made. Then I think of His word, the peace that I am called to proclaim even if only with my presence, with simply remaining, with fidelity to God and not to people. It is the experience of poverty that causes me to take a quality leap.
THE VOICE OF Fr. Tonino Bello, Pastor
Peace must be dared on the word of Christ, not calculated on the convoluted dosages of our equilibriums. _______________________________________________________________________________
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili