Our Lord sent out seventy-two of his followers to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the wider world, and they returned with glowing reports of success. Just think: Our Lord had entrusted these relatively unknown men and women with the same work of the kingdom that he had given to the twelve apostles. We can only imagine the confidence he must have had in them.
What do we make of this? Well, Our Lord doesn’t want to limit the work of the gospel to just a chosen few. Our Lord is confident in each one of us. We are all called, empowered, and expected to bring people to him; so no one who bears the name Christian should feel inadequate or fearful. All we have to remember is that it is not so much what we do, but what we allow the Holy Spirit to do through us.
Saints like Thérèse of Lisieux remind us that no matter what our situation in life, we can bring people to Jesus. A young cloistered nun who spent her last years bedridden, St. Thérèse has been named patroness of the missions because her prayers and spiritual writings have circulated the globe even when she could not. Simply because she was open to the workings of the Holy Spirit, she has touched thousands of hearts with the love of God. So let us listen as she urges all of us: “Let us work together for the salvation of souls. We have only the day of this life to save souls and to give them to the Lord as proofs of our love.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us.