Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: We are missionaries
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday July 7 2019
(Lk. 10:1-20) Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus sent the seventy-two to proclaim the Good News to everyone they met. The instructions of Jesus were reflective of a lot of things involved in a mission. First, there was urgency. Do not waste time on those who did not want to welcome or listen to them. Bring as less things as possible and depend on those who they will meet.
Rejoice not because they had subjected the spirits under their power but because they had done something good which merited them salvation. It was clear that the work of salvation included man’s response in faith. The beginnings of the Church were very much reflected in this Gospel. Empowered by the God, those who were sent, must proclaim the Good News with urgency. Charity, a missionary virtue, begins at home.
By virtue of our Baptism, we were all sent. We are missionaries. We were given the threefold function of Jesus; priest, prophet, and king (pastor). The mission continues. In fact, we do not have to go that far. There were missionaries who were sent to reach those people. We minister to each other in the family, community, offices, and anywhere we meet people.
The days when priests, nuns, catechists, and Church ministers were the only ones expected to preach, pray, and do apostolates were over. We all bore the responsibility of proclaiming the Good News. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We are sent.
At present, our Faith, the Catholic Faith is being threatened, attacked, and criticized. We do not claim to be blameless. But we have to defend against false accusations. We are the modern day prophets. At the same time, we must continue to pray for each other and even those who are trying to destroy us and our faith. They, too, need our prayers and forgiveness. And when they are in need, we do not discriminate them. They too are God’s children. We are and will always be missionaries. We must never forget that. Every word we say and every action we do must be in fulfilment of our mission. And most of all, as the Lord said in the last part of the Gospel, our joy is because of the knowledge that our names are written in heaven.