The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself would be visiting. And he said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to do his harvesting. Start off now, but look, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is put before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”
Reflection (Sem. Brandon Bahayanan ):
“The Mission of the Seventy-two”
In today’s Gospel, I am drawn to share my meditation on the question, “What kind of harvest does the Lord want me to reap today for His kingdom?” When Jesus commissioned seventy-two of His disciples to go on mission, He gave them an idea of a vast field ready to harvest for the Kingdom of God. As always Jesus frequently used the picture of a harvest to tell us about the reign of God.
Putting this image in my situation today, I am moved to think that the harvest the Lord wants me to reap is the thing or the one in my heart. Because of this, I ask myself the question, “Did I bear much fruits and grow according to what God expects me to be, as a seminarian, a son, and a friend? What kind of seed did I sow? Did it grow to maturity? Am I now the person I ought to be? Did I permit the formation to form and deform me in order to help me be transformed and become a good priest-in- process? Did I learn from the series of talks given to seminarians by the formators? Was I able to process my issues and have learned from them?
There are plenty of questions, hard questions, but one thing is sure, I am now ripe enough, ready to be reaped to become the trustworthy, obedient, compassionate, merciful, and loving fruit for the harvest. I am challenged, to share the abundant fruit of God’s Word with others?
Moreover, God’s Word grows like a seed within us and in like manner; the Word of God should guide us to gather not only those lovable people but also all the peoples especially those unlovable in the community, my family, and my friends.
Furthermore, I should be a sower of God’s word of peace and mercy. I must also go where God leads me and serve the people without reservation and not be swayed by lesser things or be preoccupied by pride, greed, and attachment to worldly possessions.
Lastly, this is my prayer, “Lord Jesus, may the joy and truth of the Gospel transform my life that I may become a living witness to those around me. Grant that I may spread Your truth and merciful love wherever I go.”