October 5, Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Faustina Kowalska, virgin
Daily Readings: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 Lk 10:1-12
We are living in a society where injustice, inequality, hatred, and oppression prevail over justice, equality, peace, and liberty. In such a situation, we may ask ourselves: What remedy could we offer to heal the world? Injustice, inequality, hatred, and oppression are manifestations of the loss of sense of God. The loss of sense of God leads to the loss of sense of sin. The world becomes chaotic because we do not have a sense of God. We are allergic to the words of God, close our ears to him, and even to the point the words of God are banned from being spread. Jesus was much aware of this and could foreshadow what has been happening today. He, therefore, reminds his disciples saying: “I am sending you like lambs among the wolves.” In other words, Jesus wants to underline that the proclamation of the Kingdom of God is a risky mission because rejection and persecution threaten the lives of the proclaimers.
Even though Jesus knows the possible consequences of this mission, Jesus keeps going on with the mission because this is the only way to save the world. He knows very well that he will be rejected and persecuted. “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:22). This possible threat does not become the reason for him to not continue his mission. His love for us goes beyond his love for his own life because for him “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it” (Luke 17:33).
Jesus wants us to participate in that mission. The same call is addressed to us today to proclaim the words of the Lord in the world. The words of God have a transformative effect on the lives of the people and therefore, we are called to continue spreading the words of God wherever we are so that the people will be rejoicing in the Lord like the people of Israel who rejoiced after listening to the words of God.
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