A familiar story goes such…
A man just got married and was returning home with his wife.
>> They were crossing a lake in a boat, when suddenly a great storm arose.
The man was a warrior, but the woman became very much afraid because it seemed almost hopeless:
The boat was small and the storm was really huge…
… and any moment they could be drowned.
But the man sat silently, calm and quiet, as if nothing was happening.
The woman was trembling, saying:
“Are you not afraid?”
>> This may be our last moment of life!
The man laughed and took the sword out of its sheath.
>> Then he brought the naked sword close to the woman’s neck, so close that just a small gap was there, it was almost touching her neck.
He said,” Are you afraid?”
She started to laugh and said:
” Why should I be afraid?
>> If the sword is in your hands, why I should be afraid? I know you love me.
The man put the sword back and said:
“This is my answer, as well!
>> I know God Loves me, and the storm is in His hands!”
The man was willing to trust in the Lord!
>> And thus, any passage through any storm, would be without any fear!
What about us…
>> Do we trust in the Lord?
The Gospel of the Day is an exhortation by the Lord to grow in the Virtue of Trust!
>> By listening to Him
>> By giving heed His Word
>> By being obedient to Him
“Jesus appointed seventy (two), whom He sent ahead of Him, in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit” (Lk 10:1)
They were “chosen and appointed”.
>> Why were these chosen?
… and not others?
>> Well… we can only make some guess-works… because the bottom-line is:
“They were ‘chosen'”
Choice is always a gift, and not a merit!
>> This gift cannot be demanded…. it is given by the Lord, out of His Will
Therefore, it demands a sense of “gratitude” and a spirit of “responsibility”!
The choosing of the seventy (two) also reflects Jesus as the New Moses!
Moses had chosen seventy elders.
We read this in the Book of Numbers:
“The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people.” (Num 11:16)
The “seventy” were chosen from the elders of the tribes of Israel to assist Moses.
>> They were to become an extension of the work that was entrusted to Moses, by Lord Yahweh
In the Gospels, the seventy (two) disciples are also called, by Jesus, for the similar task:
>> They were to become an extension of the work that was entrusted to Jesus by the Heavenly Father.
In this task of “becoming an extension”, one of the most important essentials was that of “listening to the words of the Master” – TRUSTING IN HIM
>> Obedience to the Word is a necessary criteria to become a true extension of the Lord!
Jesus very specifically lays downs rules and regulations to be followed in their mission journey and task:
“Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road….” (Lk 10:4)
These exhortations by the Master would cause…
… a sense of insecurity for the disciples
… a feeling a being stranded in the problems that they could encounter.
Yet, the disciples were strongly urged to…
… Listen to His Exhortation
… to Trust in His Providence
… and to be obedient to His Word
• The disciples were to listen to Jesus, the Beloved Son and grasp His teachings for life
• The disciples were to listen to Jesus, Beloved Son’s commitment in the path of suffering
• The disciples were to listen to the Beloved Son’s trust in God’s Will at every moment
Each one of us is called and chosen, as Christians, to be a disciple of Christ – “an extension of the Lord’s tasks in this world” …
… “You did not choose me, but I chose you; and appointed you to go and bear fruit; fruit that will last” (Jn 15:16)
• Life will take us through many storms and rough seas of difficulties.
• Life will put us through various tempests and hurricanes of hardships.
But in all such moments, are we ready and open to Trust in the Lord?
The Lord will take us through…
… every storm
… every squall
… every tempest
>> Because, He loves us!
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8: 31)
>> Let us grow in our efforts to trust in the Lord!
>> Let us pray for His grace to be truly listening and following the voice of our Master!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “When we abandon all to Him, He takes a tender care of us…
… and His Providence for us is great and small, according to the measure of abandonment!”