Saturday 17 March 2018
Jeremiah 1:4-9. Psalm 116(117). Acts 13:46-49. Luke 10:1-12, 17-20.
Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News—Psalm 116(117).
Go to those I send you to.
Today’s readings focus on the theme of being called and sent. ‘Call’ suggests a freedom to choose, to say yes or no. Jeremiah’s tentative reply that he is only a boy suggests a sense of self-doubt about his capacity for the task of prophet. While such doubt is natural when faced with vocational choices, a choice based on self-doubt runs counter to the fullness of life in God, who formed us, promises us.
To be sent or commissioned reminds us that proclaiming the gospel is not our project but God’s. As in the story of the laborers in the vineyard, God is the manager who determines what needs to be done. In commissioning us God places his trust in us and invites us to do the same. The command of Jesus to travel lightly is indicative of our need to trust in the providence of God to carry out his mission.