Reading and meditation on the Word of God, Friday of the 28th week of ordinary time, October 18, 2019; the feast of Saint Luke, the evangelist. 2 Timothy 4, 10-17b; Luke 10, 1-9. Voice: father Peter sdb (reading and meditation)
Our meditation today has the theme: Feeling Happy To Stay. Today our Church celebrates the feast of Saint Luke, one of the Gospel’s writers. He was born in Antioch to the pagan parents, but he was among the first Christians in this ancient Church. He accompanied Paul on his journey to Rome, where he served as a doctor on the boat trip and in Rome he continued to accompany Paul. He wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
The two special apostles who worked hand in hand in evangelization today inspire us with an understanding of the word “stay”. The verb “stay” is very much attached to the nature of God, so it is very often used in the scriptures. As an expression and appreciation of faith, it is fitting that we always acclaim: it’s our happiness to live in God.
The Apostle Paul reveals how much he enjoyed the suffering he faced, but he did endure this suffering in solitude. He lived in tranquility and peace of mind, although in reality some people are very severe threatening his life, while a number of good friends left him. But thanks God, he still had Luke, his best colleague and student who lived with him. Paul describes that he was very happy to enjoy “living” in his current situation because he knew God also lived with him.
The twelve apostles of Jesus certainly enjoyed living with Jesus. But at the right time they were sent to serve the people. They must live in reality that is not free from sufferings. They experienced a life like lambs among wolves. They were asked by Jesus to stay where they were received by the local people, ate with them and experienced the events of life with them. They may not move from house to house. They pleased to live in the city that received them, then did all the works of God there.
Today we get an important lesson, which is, as we are happy to live here and at this moment of our assignment, job or service, this is indeed what we commonly know as feeling at home. The one most responsible for creating a sense of being at home is ourselves. Don’t expect too much on other people, even God, to create the feeling at home in yourself. They all have their roles to play that enable us to be here and at this moment of life. The point remains is this: if we ourselves accept all the situation of our life, enjoy it, then live it day by day. Because God chooses to live with us.
Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to fulfill the mission you have given us, even though we know that there are so many challenges and difficulties. Stay always with us, that we may feel strong and safe. Our Father … In the name of the Father …