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A dash from Sister Regina Griffith
When I read today’s Gospel for the first time, a word that did not seem to appear in the introduction caught my eye: Joy! After their mission, the disciples returned to Jesus rejoicing and reported their missionary successes. He points out emphatically that, above all, they should rejoice in the fact that they are guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God.
Yes, the joy of our vocation and the joy of the Annunciation must be written on our faces as Christians. But the burdens and hardships of daily life sometimes cause streaks of anxiety or anger to appear on our faces. Nietzsche already stated: “Christians must look upon me redeemed.”
Jesus called his disciples to bear witness to their faith and to proclaim the good news of God. He always sent them in pairs to the surroundings to prepare people’s hearts and set his antennae, for he knew that there were many people who could use his message well, and who yearned for his word – the harvest is great!
Perhaps one could also say: Jesus asked his disciples to spread joy. Because: “Gospel joy fills the heart and lives of those who meet Jesus. […] With Jesus Christ joy comes again and again. “(Pope Francis – Joy of the Evangelist) Wherever there is an encounter between God and man, joy arises in the true sense of the word.
Joy changes people’s hearts, makes them confident and opens them to God’s love. And so everyone can experience the meaning of the Good News very concretely: God wants to meet us, He is in our midst! When I discover this truth of God in my life, when I have been able to explode with joy at the gift of my calling, I feel compelled to share that joy with others. After all, common joy is double joy.
If you want to be persuasive to the cause of Jesus, it is enough to be authentic, to walk with a burning heart and to spread the enthusiasm of others with your joy. That is why the disciples should not take anything with them. We don’t need any advertising materials, no expectations, no budgets, and no insurance. What matters is we ourselves and our joy in faith. Others will feel if we are passionate about our cause – and it is easier to inspire us. May we all be able to radiate, transmit and infect others with this joy that God gives us!
The Gospel of Luke (Luke 10:1-12, 17-20)
At that time the Lord chose seventy-two others and sent them before Him to every town and town where He Himself desired to go.
And he said to them: The harvest is abundant, and the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to harvest it! he goes! Behold, I am sending you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Do not take a handbag, pantry or shoes with you! Don’t greet anyone on the way!
When you walk into a house, the first thing you say is: Peace to this house! And if the son of peace lived there, peace be upon him. Otherwise, it will be returned to you. Stay in this house eat and drink what is offered to you. Because everyone who works deserves his wages. Do not move from one house to another!
When you come into a city and are greeted, all is in front of you. Heal the sick and say to them: The kingdom of God is near!
But if you come to a city where you will not be greeted, go out into the streets
And they shouted. Even the dust of your city stuck to our feet we leave behind. But know this: the kingdom of God is near. I tell you that Sodom will be more bearable on that day
from this city.
The seventy-two returned and said with joy: Lord, even the demons are ours
subject in your name.
Then he said to them, I saw the devil falling from the sky like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. But do not rejoice because the spirits obey you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven!