Friday of the 28th Week
Feast Day of St. Luke
II Timothy 4:10-17
Who wants to be a missionary? Who is working on being a missionary? We look at ourselves, and we say, “I have enough to do right now, I can’t be a missionary!” Well, our mission if you will is to be a missionary for Christ, by what we think, say, and do. I guess it is time we get busy!
We celebrate the feast day of St. Luke; we know that he had a missionary spirit as he was gentile convert from Antioch. Luke was a companion of Paul on many of his missionary trips. Luke may have been a physician; this may be the reason he has so many stories of healings in his writings. Luke had a missionary spirit as he traveled about with Paul.
In our first reading from Paul to Timothy, he writes how all the others have deserted the mission, and it is only Luke that has stayed by him. Paul needed Luke to stay with him as he had some hardship as Alexander the coppersmith has done him great harm. Luke with his missionary spirit brings comfort and healing to his friend.
The first thing about our Gospel is why were we not given a story about Jesus calling the apostles to follow him? I would have guessed that a story about the apostles would be appropriate. It is interesting that we are given the story of Jesus calling an additional seventy – two disciples to be his missionaries. Jesus gives the seventy-two the same power as he did the apostles as they are to prepare the way for his arrival.
These seventy-two remain nameless because Jesus is sending us out to be missionaries to bring peace and healing to all we meet. The Eucharist we share will give us all we need this day to be a good missionary.