My Dear People,
Freedom, is a word, often used during the fourth of July celebrations. In the United States, we associate freedom with our separation from the English rule. Most times when we think of being “free,” it usually involves a departing from someone or something. When Jesus speaks of “freedom,” it is always in reference to being set free “for” something, and not “from” something. Our true freedom lies in our choice to make ourselves available for Christ, and His Father’s will for us.
In our Gospel today, Luke tells us that Jesus selected “72” disciples for the sake of announcing the Kingdom of God. “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.” Our Lord appoints these men to “free” people from the bondage of sin and the second death. They were to live a radical and simple lifestyle, focused on “service.” As the 72 go forth preaching in the Name of Jesus Christ, even the demons run from them. Ultimately, the disciples were seeing the victory being won in the Name of the Lord. We benefit from this victory of Christ. Are you willing to be set free to serve the Lord? Are you really free for His service? Are you ready to follow Him?
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
Fr. Mark Bozada
May we learn to more deeply trust God to provide us with all that we need.