Monday October 18
The Lord stands by us and gives us strength
  • 2 Timothy 4:10-17
  • Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18
  • Luke 10:1-9

Hearing the disciples being sent on mission today, I imagine myself as part of the seventy-two going out into the world, carrying the good news. Then I am reminded that we who follow the Lord are also given this same mission, despite the difference in time. But at one point or another, we may have taken a detour to fulfill our own agendas and gathered a lot of heavy baggage along the way even though the Lord was clear when he said ‘carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals’, because these things can hinder us from experiencing His providence, deprive us of peace and make us lose focus. Our Lord wants us to know that He is enough for us. We see this reality at work in the life of St. Luke, who chose to leave his career in medicine simply to be a companion to Saint Paul, facing trials alongside him. Let us be grateful witnesses to the Lord through our lives and may our legacies glorify the Lord who has worked wonders in our lives.

Abba Father, give us the grace to rely on You and be Your witnesses wherever we are. Amen.

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