Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’

Luke 10:8-9

The peace of the Lord be with you. Today the Gospel outlines what it means to be a disciple. It means to be sent, it means to be one who discerns, it means there will be more work than a single person can accomplish, it means worrying less about how to provide for ourselves and being more concerned with the message we are to carry to others. That message is this:

‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’

Our job is to let people know that God sees them, walks with them, offers healing, and has a home for them. Jesus also reminds us that some will reject this message and that we cannot take that personally as we continue doing our part.

So today, we are sent to carry this invitation into the world in various forms. Let us do so with joy and hope. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Thursday, October 1, 2020