Dear Friends,

Today, October 18th is the Feast Day of St. Luke author of the Gospel according to Luke, and the Acts of the Apostles.    From Acts we learn that he was a gentile convert to Christianity, a doctor who accompanied Paul on his second and third missionary journeys, and stayed in Rome with him while he was in captivity. (From the Weekday Missal- New Edition)

Perhaps those discerning their vocation might find inspiration by reflecting on todays Gospel from the Gospel according to Luke 10-1-9

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit.   He said to them, “The harvest is rich but the labourers and few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.   Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.   Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals.  Salute no one on the road.   Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!”digest2

And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him;  if not, it will come back to you.   Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages;  do not move from house to house.   Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you.   Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”

Questions you might ask yourself as you reflect on this Gospel:

What word or verse stands out for you?

What is the message in this Gospel as you continue to discern your vocation?

What message is there in this Gospel for you, a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle?

May the Lord give you peace!

God bless you.