Daily Gospel Reflection for October 18, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 10: 1-9

Jesus gives explicit instructions to the apostles as they go forth as evangelists for the first time:

  • Carry nothing with you and greet no one along the way (in other words, remain unattached to people and possessions and do not be distracted; remain focused on the task at hand)
  • Grant peace to the household where you choose to stay; if your greeting is accepted, peace will remain and if not, it will return to you (in other words, show graciousness to your host and bring your best self into their dwelling)
  • Stay in the same house and eat and drink whatever they give you for the laborer deserves his wages (in other words, accept whatever hospitality the household offers even if the food isn’t necessarily what you want; accept the payment that is given without complaint)
  • Do not move from house to house (in other words, plant yourself in the community)
  • To the towns that welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure in the sick and say to them that the Kingdom of God is at hand (in other words, accept their hospitality without question and offer healing in body, heart and mind to everyone you meet)

Sounds like we have our marching orders. Ready to go?

Ponder:

How do you approach sharing the Good News? What special directions is the Lord giving you?

Pray:

Lord, clear my mind and heart of my own ideas and fill them with your own. Help me to be loving and gracious to everyone I meet, letting your love shine through me, accompanied by a few choice words. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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