HOMILY FOR THE 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C
THEME: THE LORD APPOINTED SEVENTY OTHERS….. “Go on your way”
BY: Dr. Josef ARQUER
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY JULY 3 2022
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10,1-12.17-20.
Today, we look at some who, in the crowd, have sought to come to Jesus Christ. He is talking while watching the fields full of ears: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Lk 10:2). Suddenly, looking onto them, straight in the eyes, he points out a few, one by one: you, and you and you. Up to seventy two…
Astonished, they hear him say go, two by two, into every town and places where He will go. Perhaps some have answered: ‘But, Lord, I only came to hear you, because it’s so beautiful what you are saying!
The Lord warns them against the dangers that lurk them. “Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” And using custom images in the parables, he adds: “Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals” (Lk 10:3-4). Interpreting the expressive language of Jesus: -Put aside human means. I send you and that is enough. Even though it feels far away, stay close, I accompany you.
Unlike the Twelve, called by the Lord to remain with Him, the seventy-two then returned to their families and their work. They lived there with what they had found with Jesus: to bear witness, each in its place, just helping those to come closer to Jesus Christ.
The adventure ends well: “The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing” (Lk 10:17). Sitting around Jesus Christ, they shared the experience of that couple of days in which they discovered the beauty of being a witness.
When considering today that distant episode, we see that it is not just an historical memory. We are taking the hint: we can be next to Christ present in the Church and worship Him in the Eucharist. Pope Francis encourages us to “bring Christ to man, and lead to an encounter with Jesus Christ, Way, Truth and Life, truly present in the Church and contemporary in every man.”
+ Dr. Josef ARQUER