Sent by the Lord
In the Gospel today we read these words: “At that time the Lord appointed 72 others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’”
What an appropriate reading for this weekend when we have our annual Mission Appeal. This year St. Rita Parish was assigned the Archdiocese of Monrovia, a small Archdiocese in Liberia on the west coast of Africa, for our Mission Appeal. The growing Catholic population in that Archdiocese is supported by less than 40 parishes and approximately 50 priests.
The work of the Lord is challenging, and so we hear these words of St. Paul from the 2nd reading: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What is he boasting about – sacrifice. The cross was the great sacrifice of Jesus and St. Paul recognized that aspect as something to boast about.
When we share our blessings with others we share in the sacrifice of Jesus. I pray that all of us will sacrifice some of our own blessings, not only for St. Rita Church, but for the Archdiocese of Monrovia. May our sacrificial giving reflect our love for Jesus, who sacrificed his own life for our well being and salvation. At the urging of Pope Francis in our efforts to be “Missionary Disciples,” please support the work of the Missions. Blessings and peace.