July 4, 2010: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the owner of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. (Luke 10:1-2)
It’s the 4th of July! Summertime is going by quickly. Before you know it, you’ll be back in school. Maybe you’ve been in school this summer. Do you get the feeling life goes by fast? That may have been how Jesus felt as he gathered seventy disciples and sent them out “two by two”. He already had twelve apostles who were with him, learning from him. The disciples, the seventy others, were to help with the work he was beginning. There is work to be done. “The harvest is plentiful.” We are disciples. Jesus has sown the seed of his Good News in us and our job is to share it with others. We will do that more by our actions than in our words. Once again we are invited to think about what it means to be a Christian, that is, to be a disciple of Jesus.
No matter what you’re doing this 4th of July – swimming, playing games, eating, hiking, camping – may your behavior be Christ-like.