Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 4, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
On spreading the Good News....
Imagine how it would be if we all became disciples, active in the
mission of Jesus Christ? On His final journey to Jerusalem Jesus was
instructing the seventy (two) disciples on how to conduct their mission. Like
a good teacher, He instructed them on what they were to do.
Apparently,the disciples were not well received in the towns of
Chorazin, Bethsaida, Tyre, Sidon or Capernaum; hence the strong language
used by Jesus.
Jesus calls us to be God's messengers -- here to proclaim the kingdom of
God, to heal the sick, to cast out demons and extend the offer of life
and peace. Sometimes we're hesitant to speak of God to both relatives
and friends, sometimes we're reluctant to even praise God for fear that
someone might hear us and think badly of us. This is the risk we take
whenever we spread the Good News about Jesus Christ.
As members of the body of Christ, the people of God are called to spread
the kingdom of God over all the earth. We can begin our personal mission
with our immediate family then spread the Good News to our neighbors,
our fellow workers. This mission is very important, it allows us to
continue the work of the disciples.
This is a challenge but if our lives are filled with prayer, Scripture,
attending Mass and Communion, we're empowered by God Himself. This is
where we receive the grace of our Baptism to show that the Gospel is the
most powerful and hopeful message in the world.
O blessed and merciful Lord,
let us show everyone whom we meet this day,
the same love and compassion You have shown us.
- Deacon Bill Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the saint, feast or memorial of this day
St. Francis of Assisi
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