Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Gospel Lk 10:17-24
In today’s readings we see Job and the 72 disciples rejoicing over what they experienced in the mission of life entrusted to them. In the first reading we see the joy of Job after having received the blessings of God more than 100 fold with all the riches, comforts and family. The same feeling was also true in the context of disciple of Jesus who returned after the completion of the mission.
First both Job and Jesus disciples acknowledged the wonder behind their joy. The disciples thanked God for helping them to do such wonders in the name of Jesus and making known the reign of God to the humans in the form of signs and miracles.
Secondly, we too see Jesus rejoicing over His own disciples’ successful mission and see Him praying and thanking Father for giving them such knowledge to see the Father’s mighty hand in His name. Thirdly, Jesus warns them not to rejoice over the material things of this world, but rejoice instead that their names are written in the “book of life”.
Being disciples of Jesus are we in a way making ourselves to be part of this book of life? Are we becoming true disciples to confess that Jesus is the son of God who came to bring salvation to the entrusted world? If we are doing so, we have every reason to celebrate and rejoice in the Lord.