July 3, 2016
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 10:1-12; 17-20
As Jesus prepared 72 of his followers to go out ahead of him and proclaim the coming of God’s Kingdom, he said that “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.”
This statement is true today, more than ever. The “harvest” includes many of us who are already Christians but who, in the words of Fr. George Heyman, are admirers of Jesus rather than disciples.
Our reading contains specific instructions for the 72. What is important is that nothing should get in the way of or take precedence over the proclamation of the Kingdom.
Why is proclaiming the Kingdom still important? How should we proclaim the Kingdom today? By the way we live, of course, but being a disciple of Jesus is much more than being nice. We certainly don’t have to be Christians in order to be nice.
What is real discipleship in our time? Is it supporting people who are poor? Is it opposing abortion? Is it working to improve our environment and slow down climate change? Is it marching for peace and opposing all of the wars going on in the world today? Can we really do all of this in the name of Jesus?
Something for every Christian to think about.