JOB 38: 1, 12 – 21; 40: 3 – 5
The Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It is changed like clay under the seal, and it is dyed like a garment. From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken. Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this. “Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness, that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home? You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!” Then Job answered the Lord: “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”
The Word of the Lord.
Psalm 139: 1 – 3, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, 13 – 14ab (R.) 24b
R/. Lead me, Lord, in the way everlasting.
O Lord, you search me and you know me,
You yourself know my resting and my rising;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You mark when I walk or lie down;
you know all my ways through and through. R/.
O where can I go from your spirit,
or where can I flee from your face?
If I climb the heavens, you are there.
If I lie in the grave, you are there. R/.
If I take the wings of the dawn or dwell
at the sea’s furthest end,
even there your hand would lead me;
your right hand would hold me fast. R/.
For it was you who formed my inmost being,
knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you who wonderfully made me;
how wonderful are your works. R/.
Psalm 95: 7d, 8a
Today, harden not your hearts, but listen to the voice of the Lord.
“He who rejects me, rejects him who sent me.”
LUKE 10: 13 – 16
At that time: Jesus said, “Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable in the judgement for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Instruments of God
September 30, 2022
“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)
Jesus makes a threefold connection in this passage. He connects you to Him and Himself to the Father. Thus, when you are acting as a true instrument of the Lord, and another either listens to or rejects what you bring to them, then they are either listening to or rejecting not only you but also our Lord and the Father in Heaven.
One thing this reveals is the awesome responsibility we all have to bring the love and mercy of the Father in Heaven to those whom we encounter every day. We are able to be true instruments of God. In making such a strong connection between us, Himself and the Father in Heaven, Jesus is elevating our human dignity to an incredible level.
This passage also reveals the fact that others will act as instruments of God to us. This is important to understand because Jesus is very clear. If someone comes to us, acts in Christ’s name, and we reject that person, then we are actually rejecting the Father in Heaven. This should lead us to pause and be seriously attentive to the way in which we treat others. We must especially be aware of the fact that others have great potential to be instruments of God to us. The Lord speaks through them in numerous ways.
Reflect, today, upon these revelations. Reflect upon the great gift it is to act as an instrument of the Father in Heaven. This is a sacred duty and a profound privilege we must not take lightly. Look also for ways that the Father speaks to you through others. When He speaks, give Him your full attention and be grateful for those who act as these instruments of God’s love.
Lord, I thank You for the honor and privilege of serving as an instrument of Your holy voice. May I always seek to embrace this calling with faith and sincerity. May I also be open to every way that You speak to me through others. Give me the humility I need to listen to Your voice through them. Jesus, I trust in You.