Jesus’ instructions speak harshly of the ramifications of hearing the Gospel and rejecting it. The fate of such a person is entirely in His hands, so it is important to distinguish that from our efforts to share recovery and offer hope for the person afflicted with addictions, compulsions, and unhealthy attachments. Those not ready to receive the gift of recovery will undoubtedly continue to experience suffering and loss, and that should elicit from us a deep compassion and humility that comes from recognizing our own daily struggles to remain sober, abstinent, and whole. The way we live out each day as best we can in following the 12-step program is the most impactful witness to those not yet recovering. Our actions and temperament will be the source of attraction for those we are called to witness to and serve. The rest is up to the individual and God.
- What opportunities have you been given to share your experience, strength, and hope with others? How is it similar and/or different from being a witness for Christ?
- How has another’s life of recovery impacted your decision to seek recovery or helped support you in your present daily journey of recovery?
Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Gospel: Luke 10:1-12
Reflection by Mark L.