As a personal advocacy, I’ve always been involved in helping others achieve personal greatness. Early on, I’ve already started serving various organizations in order to mold myself into an effective teacher, coach, mentor, and leader to my family and people (that I have been tasked to serve). However, there are also aspects in life that we are not in control of. We have to take all these roles that God has given us, primarily as a husband, a lover, a father, a friend, an uncle, a cousin, a family member, a citizen, and more importantly being His servant. Yes, we like to do certain things, but we cannot also abdicate the roles we may like the least. We therefore have to embrace all these roles that God has given us cheerfully, as this is our raison d’etre (reason for being).
In today’s Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time we are again reminded of this mission to share the Good News of salvation to others:
“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Lk. 10: 3)
The Lord’s mood is solemn: He admits the task is difficult. Yet He also knows the task is very important in spreading the Word of God to the world. For in the preaching of the Church “the kingdom of God is at hand,” means every person’s time to make a decision has come. Those who do not receive His messengers will be risking eternal damnation like Sodom. But those who believe will find peace and mercy, protection and nourishment “in the bosom of the Church”.
For the last two Sundays, the recurring theme is discipleship — its difficulties and challenges (“lambs among wolves”), as well as the rewards. As we struggle with our day-to-day mission, as we fear and become anxious of these obstacles, let’s take refuge in the thought that God will be there for us, “As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. (Is. 66: 13)
What joys we experience here on earth, these are but temporary and fleeting:
“Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Lk. 10: 20)
What matters most is the Heavenly reward, clearly the most remarkable gift that awaits us at the end of this pilgrimage. Nothing beats the idea of living happily with Jesus in Heaven someday — and for all eternity. Now, isn’t that truly awesome?