Go Forth and Spread the Joy of Christ!
Today’s Gospel reminds us of our mission as disciples of Christ. Jesus sends out seventy-two disciples to spread the “Good News” and to proclaim the Kingdom of God. In the same way today, Jesus calls us to go forth with courage and confidence proclaiming the salvation we have in Jesus. Every day is an opportunity for evangelization. This evangelization does not require elegant preaching, but rather living the Gospel of Christ through our actions. This reminds me of the quote from St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel always and when necessary use words.”
My brothers and sisters, it is a great joy to be a follower of Jesus of Christ! When we give of ourselves completely to the Lord and surrender our lives to Him there is no greater joy and peace that could be received from anyone or anything else in this world. This is the joy we must share with others! In our everyday lives we are presented with opportunities to share this joy and love with the people we encounter. We are called to evangelize everyday of our lives, even in the small routine things of life. Blessed Mother Teresa once said that we called to do the small things with great love. Our world today needs this love! We must go forth and spread this love and authentic joy that only comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
As Christians we all have stories of how we have witnessed to another about the love of Jesus and how it impacted their life. We must be reminded that it is not by our own power that lives are transformed, but only through the power of Christ working through us. As disciples we are called to be His instruments in this world today. Let us pray for humility, that in times of ministry we may not point to ourselves, but always to Christ. Like St. Paul, our lives should be a witness of Christ’s love for us, and we too must say, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal 6:14). In this comes true and authentic joy because our “names are written in heaven” (Lk 10:20.
We all have a universal call to holiness and we are all called to be His disciples. But this week especially, I ask that we pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Jesus said in today’s Gospel: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for His harvest” (Lk 10:2). Continue to pray that young men and women will answer the Lord’s call on their lives to serve the Lord and the Church. As of now there are around thirty seminarians studying for the Diocese of St. Augustine. God is answering your prayers and is truly providing for His Church. Pray for us that we may be courageous in proclaiming Jesus Christ in this world and that by our example more men and women may take up their cross and follow Christ (Mt 16:24).
Have a Blessed Week!!!
In His Love,
-Seminarian for the Diocese of St. Augustine-