A few weeks ago, the Gospel reading was about the sending of the 72 disciples. If you have been raised as a Catholic, we know that most of the focus, in most readings, would be on the 12 apostles. In a homily by Monsignor Dan Sta. Maria, he relates the sending out of the 72 disciples to lay people like us who must also do our share in spreading God’s Word. We cannot just rely on the religious to do the work of spreading the faith.
Using the Gospel reading (Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 TEV) as a guide, Monsignor Dan points out certain things we must keep in mind as we do our work as evangelizers:
1. Be focused. – We are all here to work for the greater glory of God. As we go through life, we must try to discern God’s will and concentrate on engaging in activities that will be pleasing to him. (“Don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.”)
2. Do not rely on your own resources. – Most of the time, we forget, that the good things we have are all from the grace of God. We must work hard, yes — but we should not be too self-reliant to the extent that we forget the Source of all our gifts. Our efforts will always be blessed if we take the path that pleases God. (“Don’t take a purse or a beggar’s bag or shoes.”)
3. Be peacemakers. – Sometimes it is tempting to make up stories, to set people up against each other. Life sometimes gets boring if all is nice and dandy. The Lord calls on all of us, however, to be peacemakers — to bring harmony to people around us rather than anger and hatred. (“Peace be with this house.”)
4. Never lose courage. – Always persist in doing good and in pursuing God’s will. Do not be discouraged or frustrated when you do not see immediate results. If you are on the right path, the Lord will work things out for you. (“But whenever you go into a town and are not welcomed, go out in the streets and say, ‘Even the dust from your town that sticks to your feet we wipe off against you.”)
So, are you ready to be sent out? What will you do today to spread God’s Word and to let people know about His great love?