Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Today, we see that Jesus is sending out His disciples to different towns to prepare those places before he could reach them. He instructs the 72 very clearly telling them what exactly they are to do,who are then sent in pairs. They are given clear cut instructions, like to live in the same house, eat the food that is given to them, etc.
Jesus outlines the two aspects of their mission before they are sent out. Firstly, they would have to incur inconvenience in terms of food, drink and shelter. Taking no purse, bag or money, they would have to dependent on providence for their every need. Secondly, Jesus very clearly tells them that he sends them like lambs amidst the wolves – meaning to say that their mission entails uncertain and perilous situations. Outright rejection is one clear expression the same. But these things are not to deter them from the mission that is entrusted to them. Shaking off the dust from their feet, they are to move on. The harvest is plentiful, the labourers are few and Kingdom of God is near. They are called to rise above all difficulties and continue their mission with utmost commitment and unswerving trust in God.
That was in the time of Jesus, things have changed much. We live in a world where in there is lots of intolerance mounting up,and those in powertry to change everything according to their whims and fancies. Even in our country there is a feeling of rising insecurity among the minorities.Taking into consideration all these things, if Christ were to send us out today, as He did with His disciples centuries ago, how courageous would we be?Will we even accept the invitation of Christ to go out and preach the Good News and usher in the Kingdom of God?In truth, that is exactly what we are called to do as followers of Christ.Are we ready to hark upon this divine mission with trust and determination?
As we march ahead let us also take seriously the words of Jesus and pray to the Father to send labourers for the harvest. On a personal note, let us encourage vocations to priesthood and the religious life and support them with our prayers.