by fr. andrew kelly
14TH SUNDAY ORDINAL TIME – JULY 7
Has the believing community possibly forgotten its mission and therefore its energy and focus?
Sunday’s Gospel (Luke10:1-12, 17-20) clearly reminds the community that its mission is to prepare the way for the coming of the Risen Lord.
The community does this with its mission of doing the deeds and words of salvation: “…cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”
This community mission is so urgent that all the community takes with it is the message and nothing else. Simplicity is to reign supreme: “Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.”
The community is to be so mission-centered and orientated that mission becomes its only concern. This is the meaning of Jesus’ words:
“Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.”
If the community stripped itself down to its essential mission deeds and words, it could again be re-energized and re-focused.
If so, people might start returning to the Lord’s Table. Maybe even new people might find the community an attractive place to be.
(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)
Scripture Readings for July 7-14
Lk 10:1-12, 17-20
or Lk 10:1-9
Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a
Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5
Gn 46:1-7, 28-30
Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a