Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist
Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Several weeks ago I was about to get into my car when I saw a man approaching carrying a bible. He calls out to get my attention. I have to make a decision, neighbor or wolf? I chose to be a neighbor and greeted him with a smile. He asked if he could read a passage from scripture that was dear to his heart. It was from Job. I listened intently to the passage and his interpretation. I didn’t agree but the joy on his face that someone would stop to be evangelized made it worth my while and his.
This stranger was an evangelizer sent out to proclaim the word of God. How often have we closed the blinds and ignored evangelizers of other faiths when they ring our doorbell? As eucharistic evangelizers have we been rejected and how did it make us feel?
Peter Julian Eymard, along with his associates, went out into the slums of Paris to evangelize and catechize the rag pickers and their children. Despite his success, he surely felt fear and rejection yet he pushed on evangelizing Jesus Eucharistic and encouraging his fellow religious and associates to do the same. In a letter to Mrs. Antoinette de Grandville dated July 19, 1868, he states: “Never become discouraged, that would be ingratitude and spiritual pride. Always walk in obedience and trust…”
How will you welcome the evangelizer you meet today? Neighbor or wolf?
Let Us Pray:
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings of peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation! (Entrance antiphon from today’s liturgy)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)