Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
Notice that Jesus instructed his disciples to pray before they went ahead of Him to nearby towns, to ask the Master of the harvest to send worthy laborers. We need to pay attention to the same instructions.
Pray first. Then evangelize.
Pray, because grace, fortitude and perseverance will be needed as we go out into a world in which our beliefs are neither popular nor respected.
Pray, because we can’t stuff into a suitcase everything we need for our spiritual journeys the way we would pack for a journey by car, train or airplane.
Pray, because we do not know if or where we and the message we deliver will be welcomed.
Pray first. In this way, our work to spread the Good News may be sanctified.
In what ways am I called to evangelize, to bring Christ to those around me?
As we celebrate the feast of St. Luke, the evangelist, may God grant us the grace, fortitude and perseverance to bring the light of Christ to all we meet.
Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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