Jesus Rejoices in the Father

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Jesus Rejoices in the Father | This is a moment with Scripture reflecting on the Gospel of Luke 10: 21- 24. Let's set the framework for this reflection. 72 disciples have returned from the mission. Jesus sent them on a mission to every town and place he intended to visit | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #JesusRejoicesintheFatherJesus Rejoices in the Father

This is a moment with Scripture reflecting on the Gospel of Luke 10: 21- 24. Let’s set the framework for this reflection. 72 disciples have returned from the mission. Jesus sent them on a mission to every town and place he intended to visit. A mission that sent them like lambs among wolves it sounds like a recipe for failure. Doesn’t it? Instead, they returned rejoicing because even the demons were subject to them when they invoked Jesus’s name. But Jesus tells them to rejoice, not because of the demon subjugation. Rather, rejoice because their names have been written in heaven. Moreover, this is the cause for Jesus’s spontaneous rejoicing and giving praise to the Father in the opening passage of Luke’s gospel. Just who are these 72 disciples? They’re humble souls to whom God has revealed the mysteries of his Kingdom.

In contrast to the trained religious leaders who may be puffed up with pride. From whom God has hidden the mysteries. This reversal is found elsewhere in Scripture. Recall the lowly shepherds to whom the birth of Jesus was first revealed. One would hardly call them wise and learn this great reversal being worked out by God is a reason for Jesus’s joyful praise. Yes, father, he says. Such has been your gracious will. As Christians, we all share in Jesus’s mission by virtue of our baptism. We don’t have to become scholars to bear witness to the Father. Son and Holy Spirit, this happens through the gift of faith. The same gift was given to the 72 disciples. It happens by the way we live our everyday lives. Uniting our love with the love of Jesus, to whom all things have been handed over by his father.

Deacon David Hockwalt was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2012. He continues in active ministry today and is the spiritual advisor to the vicariate Life in the Spirit team.

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Deacon David Hockwalt – A Moment in Scripture Reflection 12.2023

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