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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus ends his instructions with a warning: If people reject God’s invitation and refuse his word, then they bring condemnation on themselves. When God gives us his word there comes with it the great accountability to respond. Unresponsiveness will not do. We are either for or against God in how we react to his word. God gives us his word that we may have plentiful life in him. He wills to work through and in each of us for his glory. God shares his word with us and he commissions us to speak it bravely and simply to others. What is the significance of Jesus appointing seventy disciples to the service of the word? Seventy was an important number in biblical times. Moses chose seventy elders to help him in the task of leading the people through the wasteland. The Jewish Sanhedrin, the governing council for the nation of Israel, was composed of seventy members. In Jesus’ times seventy was held to be the number of nations all through the world. Jesus commissioned the seventy to a two-fold task: to speak in his name and to act with his power. Jesus gave them instructions for how they were to carry out their ministry. They must go and serve as people without cleverness, full of charity and peace, straightforwardness and simplicity. They must give their full attention to the proclamation of God’s kingdom and not be unfocused by other lesser things. They must travel light only take what was necessary and leave behind whatever would distract them in order to concentrate on the task of speaking the word of the God. They must do their work, not for what they can get out of it, but for what they can give liberally to others, without expecting reward or payment. “Poverty of spirit” frees us from greed and preoccupation with possessions and makes ample room for God’s stipulation. The Lord wants his disciples to be dependent on him and not on themselves.
Word of the Day...
Matthew 24:35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Prayer ...
Forgive me, God, for not reverencing you as our ought and as you deserve. Please send a wave of renewal among your people to honor you and your holiness with greater passion and a deeper sense of fear. You are holy, righteous, majestic, mighty, and great. Help us display our honor to you more faithfully in our life and words. In Infant Jesus' name specially we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (July 07, 2013)
Day: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: Is 66:10-14c
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
Second Reading: Gal 6:14-18
Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
Lectionary: 102
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
1After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. 2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!' 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' 12 I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" 18 And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.19Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.


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