Sent-off by Christ

As a Christian, it is my duty to bring the good news of Christ to everyone I meet. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is to thank God for blessing me with another day. I do not know what lies ahead of me and how my day will go. Every day is a sending-off from Christ. He gives me opportunities to be better, to be an instrument of God’s love.

At the beginning of this month in our seminary, we had a sudden turn of events. Four of our brother seminarians got infected with Covid-19 and I saw myself waking up one morning being part of an emergency response team. We assured the safety of the seminary and took care of our afflicted brothers. I never expected that I would use my skills again as a Medical Technologist and perform rapid swab tests for my seminary family. Every day is a sending-off from Christ to be the face of Christ to others.

Today’s Gospel is an invitation to take part in the mission of Christ, to be instruments of Christ’s mercy and compassion. The harvest may be in the form of people who needs guidance and direction, asking prayers for and support, or it can also be in the form of unexpected situations. All of these serve as opportunities to be instruments of God’s grace.

The mystery of waking up in the morning reveals to me that God continues to give me chances to be a better Christian every day. He knows my limitations, He knows I may fail, but He lets me rise every day because he chooses me and appoints me to be a laborer for his harvest.

By: Sem. Paulo O. Magistrado

Today’s Gospel

Lk 10:1-12

Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.’
Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”

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