FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JULY 7, 2019


Mass Readings:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:1-12,17-20

At that time 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.' Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.' Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town." The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

REFLECTION: "Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves."

Jesus sent his seventy two disciples to spread the Good News and He told them to be detached from worldly needs. He also told them to go with very little and in pairs. They were the laborers gathering souls but in essence He was telling them to have complete trust in the work He was sending them to do. To trust in Him and He would take care of them.

In our PAPA spirituality we have the vision of seeing the priests on fire for Jesus, His Church and the Bride of Christ. And we pledged to go and make disciples of all nations and to go by pair with 3 faces one word. Our spiritual director has given us the tools of the 6 A's. These 6 A's are likewise a good way to live life.

We are to be Alive in our work, life, and mission. We put our heart and soul in the work that we are doing for God. Being Alert brings us closer to the needs of the people we are speaking with and helping us to be Aware of our surroundings. We should be Attentive to details and how we speak to one another. And once we are aware and attentive, we then can be Attuned to something or someone. The last A is Atonement or Atoned. When we are wrong we should atone or make reparation of any harm we have done.

Are we challenged to follow the 6 A's in our apostolate to work for the Lord?


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