An encounter with the Lord is a prerequisite to transforming ourselves and becoming a missionary disciple.
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few!” Once we encounter Jesus we can be his witnesses and invite others to the table of plenty and the joy of the gospel. The stories in today’s gospel are amazing and testify to the power of God working in our struggles. These divine encounters and struggles can forever change us.
With your family, discuss this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, “Now Jesus has no other mouths, eyes, ears, hands, and feet except ours.” What do you think it means? How are you and your family putting this “joy of the gospel” into practice?
As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Guadium/The Joy of the Gospel, “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus … With Christ, joy is constantly born anew!” I am praying for joy for each member of your family today, my friends.
Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C. serves as the International Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Prior to his ordination Father Pinto received many degrees in areas ranging from Political Science to Theology. Ordained a priest in 1999, he served as a parish priest, vice principal and administrator of Holy Cross School in Northeast India. Father Pinto grew up in Kerala, India with his 8 siblings. In 2010 he came to the United States for further studies, pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. If you run into him, you may hear him say, "A life well lived is a life lived for others," a mantra he strives to live by.