If faced with an obstacle today, I will pray for God’s assistance rather than rely only on myself
Luke 10: 1-9
Lord, I believe that you are present here as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have
confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love,
thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.
Lord, increase my faith so that in any trial I will trust in you.
1. Amazing Graces:
Luke, whose feast we celebrate in today’s liturgy, is the only gentile author in the New
Testament. He is someone, who for several thousand years, would not have been considered among God’s
favored simply because of his gentile birth. However, iIt was part of God’s design that he be among
the first generation of gentiles to be brought into God’s family, and further still, be chosen by
God to be the author of one of the Gospels and the Book of Acts. “Who am I to receive such a grace?”
Luke might easily have said to himself, marveling at the gratuitousness with which he received his
role within the Church. An honest look at the great grace we have received in being called to be
part of God’s Church should bring us to say the same thing: Who are we to receive such an incredible
blessing?! Why did we receive this grace and our next-door neighbor did not? Why have so many souls
in the history of the world never had the opportunity to know about Christ, but we have? Only one
answer comes close. God wants it, and it is part of his plan of love for all mankind.
2. More Hands on
Deck: Here is a true situation at a parish on the West Coast: After five draining hours in
the confessional, the priest climbs out to verify that no one else is in line. This is the normal
Sunday morning routine there. During those hours the priest was witness to several powerful
conversions, souls finding peace after years of struggle, other saintly souls whose delicate
consciences wereas cause for admiration, and still others moving along with a “more-or-less”
attitude in their response to God, but who were helped by the grace of reconciliation. Many more
confessions could be heard, but there simply aren’t enough priests to meet the need. The more
confession is offered, the more the faithful take advantage of the opportunity, and the more the
Church grows in holiness. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the
Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Do we pray that God send more laborers
to the harvest? Do we pray for more priests, nuns, religious, and consecrated souls? Christ is
encouraging us to ask for more laborers in the field, but the Father will send them only if we
follow Christ’s instructions and pray.
3. A Lamb without Sandals: Christ’s comparison almost
seems cruel: “I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no
sandals….” If he considers the apostles to be like lambs, why on earth would he send them among
wolves? Moreover, why would he ask them to leave behind the bare minimum they might need to protect
and provide for themselves? If they need to escape from wolves, some sandals would be prudent so at
least they could run faster! As always, Christ wants to stretch the faith of the apostles. He needs
them to place all their confidence and trust in him—not in their own human resources. “My Father’s
providence will take care of you and protect you” is the message he wants them to accept and live.
Later he tells them to take these items with them (cf. Luke 22:36), but he also reminds them, “‘When
I sent you out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?’ They said, ‘Nothing.’”
Sometimes Christ asks us to fulfill a task without what would normally be necessary. He wants us to
rely on him, not on our own skills or talents. While we always need to apply all our God-given human
intelligence and prudence, we still need to rely on God to bless our work and fill in for what is
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
so much of what I’m faced with each day seems to be beyond my capabilities, yet I see clearly that
you want me to continue pushing forward, trusting in your providence. This isn’t easy! Help be to
have confidence in you.
Resolution: If faced with an obstacle today, I will pray for God’s
assistance rather than rely only on myself.