Jesus spoke these words to seventy two apostles who he had sent out to heal and teach in his name. These seventy-two returned amazed that they were even able to dispel demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus reminded them that he had witnessed Satan falling like lightening from the sky. All of this was possible because of the power of the name of Jesus!
The word apostle means “one who is sent” and we too become apostles as we are sent through the grace received in our baptism to go forth into the world
proclaiming the good news of the Risen Jesus. We are companioned on our journey by the Holy Spirit, the Advocate that Jesus promised to the Apostles before his Ascension into heaven.
Do we as a baptized people of God truly understand our call to go forth into the world? Are we conscience of the Spirit with us providing us the strength and the knowledge and the courage to proclaim the name of Jesus? We indeed are given all we need through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, for we have received the fullness of the Holy Spirit. But do we use that power given to us or do we ignore the presence of the Holy Spirit in us?
Having received the gift, it becomes our responsibility to nurture and care for that gift by growing in our relationship with God through the practice of our faith; listening to the Word of God, receiving the sacraments often, especially the Eucharist which becomes our food for the journey and strengthens us for the work that is ours in Jesus; the proclamation of
Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life. Let us take some time this week to reflect on how we personally have responded, or not, to our baptismal call to proclaim Jesus. Let us assess honestly how much we even think about the responsibility we have as followers of Jesus Christ. For like the seventy-two who were sent, our names have been written in heaven. Let us all do our part to proclaim our Lord!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC