Apostolate of Presence

Apostolate of Presence

October 5, 2017
Thursday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 10:1-12

Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
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.”

Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us to bring peace to every household we are going to. I am reminded of our apostolate in different areas, and I would like to focus on my experience when I was still in my first year of formation. It was about the apostolate of presence. We were assigned to live with a family who we really do not know. We were complete strangers to them but nevertheless these people were assigned or designated by the parish priest for us to stay with.

I am glad that up to this day, I still keep in touch with them. They had great impact to me in how I view the apostolate. Indeed, it is really about dealing with other people; knowing their ways, and for us to really plunge into their way of life.

My apostolate family was from the parish of Our Lady of Fatima, Pasay City. My apostolate mother is already a widow. She is a mother of five and a grandmother to six grandchildren. They all live in a small apartment-type unit which they own. They welcomed me very dearly and I too became very open to them.

Nanay Mameng is very dear to her grandchildren. They love her so much. I remember, when I first invited them here in the seminary, they really went along well. She is a kind-hearted and loving parent.

Whenever she needs to go somewhere, she always tagged me along. One time we went to the market to buy food for lunch, and then Quiapo to attend BEC meetings. She is really a busy person yet she never gets tired in serving God and her family especially her grandchildren because for her, they are priceless and worthy of love and care.

She showed care and love for me even though I am not really part of their family but she treats me now like one of her sons. She showed me how peace is being shared in a household like hers.

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