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Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Lord says ... Luke 10:1-12, 17-20


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

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.”


MINISTRY

There are different kinds of ministry – healing ministry, pastoral ministry, public ministry, spiritual ministry, singing ministry, etc.  Whatever ministry we choose to join in and whoever we are, each of us can be a minister of God in every areas of where we are presently in, whether at home, school, work, and organization.  To be of service to others for the glory of God entails a lot of sacrifices, hard work, determination, commitment, and perseverance in the midst of trials and struggles.  We can be often rejected by others who don’t accept the Gospel, or even by our own family members.  We can also be insulted and humiliated in the midst of performing our ministry,  as well as, create enemies even among our own friends.   Despite of  heart-breaking struggles in our life,  we are not alone because the Holy Spirit dwells within us through the power of prayer.  We can do our chosen ministry in different areas, like as follows:

Home  - We can become good ministers of God if we do our responsibilities to our own children.  In spite of our busyness at work or business, quality time at home is still the most important to set for our children. Providing our children’s needs is not the only important responsibility we need to achieve, but more of instilling them good spiritual and moral values.  Good examples are:  teaching how to pray, especially the Holy Rosary, joining them in religious organizations, bringing them to Sunday mass, spiritual retreat events, altar service training,  etc.  These can help us nurture our children to the straight path God has intended them to go and become what God ought them to be. 

School – Children can become good ministers of God, if they show good examples to their classmates and teachers by doing their assignments everyday, studying diligently,  submitting any required class projects on time, participating actively in school activities, etc.  That’s why good manners and right conduct evaluation are done and shown in every  child’s report card to give importance to this area.  Part of nurturing our children to righteousness can be attained with the help of their teachers who serve as role models to our children. Teachers are second mothers to our children.

Work –  Working in harmony with co-workers can already show that being a minister of God is rewarding.  We can earn the respect of our co-workers due to our righteous manner of how we deal and solve problems in the work area.  We can earn the respect of our co-workers due to our being punctual in coming to work, following the company’s policies and procedures, maintaining honesty, doing hard work,  etc.  Conflicts and intrigues among work associates can happen in any work environment.  It is where the battleground for spiritual ministry should begin.

Organization -  Commitment, sacrifices, hard work, and cooperation among members to maintain a good organizational level of management whether in a profit or non-profit organization, is very important to achieve the goals.  In addition, honesty, determination, and perseverance in every detail of the problems, is needed to surpass the obstacles.  Everyone works with the right motive and mindset.  Each one works for the good of all and not for oneself only.  Believe that this ministry is not ours, but Christ’s.



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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."



Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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