A Gospel according to Luke 10:1-12
Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
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.”
REFLECTION: "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest"
It is a sobering reality we all well know. Priestly vocations have been in decline for many years now.
Even though each year the number of priests being ordained seem less than a handful, these new priests, fresh out of the seminary, are full of zeal for the Lord, the Church and its people.
Some months ago, I was feeling very sad for a young priest. His first year ordination anniversary happened during the heighth of the quarantine, and all his family was overseas. So the date came and went, and I kept thinking on how sad it must have been for his mother not to be with him that day. He had not been able to celebrate with his family.
In another parish, young priests were also struggling with Covid and Mass attendance. I am sure you've seen similar situations where you are.
And the Holy Spirit helped these priests rise to the occasion.
Being the 21st century and all, besides masses being streamed, there are interesting classes, vlogs, seminars, teachings using YouTube, Facebook live, and other social media platforms.
Some of them are now influencers, having thousands of fans following their live streams.
Our own spiritual director, Father Michael, has an online YouTube Bible Study, "Face ZBS" that will blow you away.
Even though we cannot spend more personal time with our priests, our prayers and your prayers are not unheard.
God is working through these difficult times, making Catholic teaching more available to all, including those who have never set foot inside a Church.
Keep praying the PAPA Prayer for Priests everyday so our priests never falter. One day they can be saints, always faithful to God, the Church and its people.