God's Plan, God's Provision
trusting Jesus amid challenges
Our readings this weekend encourage us to depend on the Lord’s care for us. Jesus is sending us on mission, and he will make sure we have what we need to carry it out.
The Gospel passage has Jesus sending his disciples out as preachers of the kingdom of God. They are to prepare Jesus’ way by proclaiming his message, “the kingdom of God is at hand.” There are two matters of particular interest to us:
The disciples are to make no provision for their material wellbeing.
They are to show no concern for their "success." They may be embraced or rejected, but it isn’t theirs to change Jesus’ mission for them or the message they are to bring to the surrounding towns.
If we can pull these points together, it means that the disciples’ task is to maintain focus on Jesus and his mission for them: Jesus will provide for their needs, and they shouldn’t worry about their effectiveness.
We can take this to heart. Jesus has entrusted to us his light-bearing mission: We are to bring God’s love to life everywhere we go no matter the challenges and difficulties. Trusting that Jesus provides for our need, our only task is to follow his call. The only measure of our success is our faithfulness to him.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
δοῦλος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ
PS Join us next Sunday for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We’ll process around the streets of Boonton with the statue following the 11:15 Mass, and will gather in Gordon Hall for a pot-luck lunch when we’re done.
PPS One of our young parishioners, Dante Sinatra, is in a play next Saturday to help support Christian Drama School. See this website for tickets, and check out the flyer:
Preparing for Mass?
Check out this weekend's readings:
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time