Wednesday October 18,2017

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2 Timothy 4:9-17   Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18   Luke 10:1-9

After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. 2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!' 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

The gospel of the day speaks about the missionary message to the seventy-two. The close thread that runs through it, is one of a complete and whole-hearted trust in God, an unshakeable one for that matter, be it what and come what may. This is what counts for further long. “The Lord will repay, as one’s deeds deserve” (2Tim. 4: 14).
Even at times, when we feel “deserted” (2Tim.4:9&16), God is ever near us. “The Lord is close to all who call upon Him from their hearts.” (Ps. 145:18). The same idea is also seen as the ending words of today’s gospel : “The Kingdom of God is very near to you. “ (Lk. 10:9). And the Kingdom is nothing, but Jesus Himself.
When our lives are among wolves, when we are without purse and sandals (Lk.10:3,4); still He is there without failing, with us. And such a labourer need to have a constancy in trusting god (“do not move from house to house”- Lk. 10:7) and an attitude of love (“peace to this house” – Lk. 10:5). This trust should make him believe and ultimately make himself an instrument of healing and a source of consolation to others (“cure those in it” – Lk. 10:9).
Bro. Fidelis