• June 30, 2022

In today’s Gospel, we continue with St. Luke’s narrative on Jesus and the disciple’s journey to Jerusalem. Today we learn of the Mission of the Seventy-two. Just as with the Mission of the Twelve in chapter 9, Jesus sends forth seventy-two disciples – witnesses to Himself and to His ministry – to heal the sick and to call people to repent.

By our Baptism, we are commissioned to be on the same mission as the seventy-two.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us:

“Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: “Therefore . . . we are members one of another.” Baptism incorporates us into the Church.  From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.”

Beautiful, true, and powerful words – HOWEVER – this mission will not come without its hardships. Jesus did not hide this from his disciples: “behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” Our mission today is the same as the mission then: we must witness to Christ, and the hardships still exist. The wolves are still out there:

The Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade, but abortions can still be freely chosen.

The CDC reports firearm related injuries are now the leading cause of death for people aged 1 to 19.

Serious issues with immigration continue, and at the time I am writing this the local news reports 46 people were found dead in a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side.

I am not making a political statement, but as sad, heinous, and evil as these situations are – no matter which “side” you choose from a political standpoint – we are allowing them to divide us as families, as friends, as a nation, and as a Church. We argue over political issues, personal opinions, and social ideologies but often ignore the gift from God – the human.  We will not always agree on political and secular terms, but we must agree on our Baptismal calling “which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes.” Only then can we return rejoicing as the 12 and the 72. Only then can we declare that “the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Only then we will fully unite the Church and be comforted “as a mother comforts her child”, bearing “the marks of Jesus,” and “rejoice because our names are written in heaven”!!!

Please continue to pray for our nation, our Church, and all the people and souls suffering amongst the hardships and wolves. Pray for all priests, clergy, and religious especially Father Christopher Osia, Father Vitus Borogo, and Altar Server Bernard Tenebe who were slain this past weekend by terrorists in Nigeria. Christianity is under attack, however, pray for each other for there is hope! We rejoice in the youth that attended the recent Teen ACTS retreat and those that attended Steubenville this past weekend. GOD IS GOOD!

God Bless,

John Trevino
Diaconate Candidate 2024


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