30 Sep Luke 10:16 (Rejection)
“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” ~ Luke 10:16 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: Jesus has some tough words for us today. In today’s Gospel Jesus is preparing the 72 with an old fashion pep talk. He is coaching them on what they will encounter in the world. Rejection. As a Christian, if we are sharing our faith freely we learn quickly to deal with the sting of rejection. There is comfort in knowing that the burden we carry when our words of life fall on deaf ears or worse are met with harsh replies are also carried by Christ in us. Psalm 118 tells us that, “The stone rejected by the builder will become the chief cornerstone.” Jesus knows rejection. Ultimately it is God’s place to change hearts in His time. I think back to my days in high school before I knew Jesus. A joy filled nun, Sr. Margaret Mary, shared the love of Jesus with me patiently with iron-clad persistence. She would often invite me to a weekend retreat called Search and I would always offer an excuse or lie as to why it wasn’t for me. She didn’t skip a beat. I now recognize Christ in her, and it brings me great pain to think I was really rejecting Christ. In His mercy, God prepared a divine appointment for me later in high school. I encountered Jesus in a very real way and my life has never been the same…in God’s timing. Thank you Sr. M&M…I’m In Christ today because of your simple invitation.
Faith Challenge: Rejection is part of the Christian life – face it with courage, dignity and perseverance. Tell someone about Jesus today!
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Guard Your Heart
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Saint of the Day: St. Jerome (d. 420).
Faith Quote: “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ.” ~ St. Jerome
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.