Year C – Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – July 7, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Isaiah 66:10-14c; Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; Galatians 6:14-18; Colossians 3:15a, 16a; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

From the beginning, preaching the kingdom of God was at the top of Jesus’ priority list.  He began his ministry preaching that the kingdom was “at hand.”  Proclaiming God’s presence in the world was the first task Jesus gave to his twelve apostles when he sent them out.  Later on, as Luke records in today’s Gospel, Jesus sent out seventy-two others.  After he had risen, he commanded all disciples to do this until the end of time.  So, it should be clear that evangelizing, another word for preaching the gospel, was at the top of Jesus’ “to do” list.

Echoing Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI , Pope Francis is calling all of us to take part in a “new evangelization,” described as having “new ardor” for spreading the gospel.  Today’s Gospel gives us a picture of what the “old ardor” looked like:  going out in twos, traveling light, not dawdling, getting to your destination and bringing peace there, not fussing about the accommodations or the food, then to getting down to business and spreading the good news.

What does having a “new ardor / zeal / passion / fire” mean?  Do you have it?

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