Sunday 3 July 2022 –  THE SPIRIT FOR THE MISSION

14th Sunday of the Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10–14c

Thus says the Lord: Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her! Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort, that you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts!  For thus says the Lord: Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.  As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. When you see this, your heart shall rejoice and your bodies flourish like the grass; the Lord’s power shall be known to his servants.

2nd Reading: Galatians 6:14–18

Brothers and sisters: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does ­uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God.  From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Gospel: 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.”

THE SPIRIT FOR THE MISSION: Everyone who is baptized in the name of Jesus is called to participate in the mission which Christ entrusted to the church. All Christians are called to go and proclaim the message of the Lord Jesus. For one to participate well and fruitfully in the mission of the church, the person must have a right attitude towards the work of the church. Only with the right attitude can one’s participation in the work of the church earn him/her spiritual benefits. Without the right attitude one cannot gain any spiritual nourishment.

A person who has the right attitude towards the mission that Christ has entrusted to the church will totally rely on Christ. He/she will not rely on material possessions. He/she will respect the culture of the other people. Such a person will have a good spirit for the mission of Christ.

 A parishioner who does not participate in the parish activities does not have a good spirit for the mission of Christ. A person who actively participates in the parish activities rejoices in Christ because he/she has a good spirit towards the Lord’s mission. The one who carries out the mission of Christ faithfully will come back to him rejoicing (Luke 10:17).Prayer: May all the baptized be always ready to carry out your mission with a good spirit Lord.