The readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Lectionary 102) can be found here.
The Gospel reading recounts Jesus sending out seventy-two disciples to prepare the towns and places he intends to visit.
The seventy-two had only a very limited amount of time to do their work. I think this is why Our Lord directed them to reject dramatically those who rejected their message.
However, we don’t ever reject those who reject us. We never give up on bringing them to the Catholic faith. Instead, as Pope Francis likes to remind us, we seek them out and accompany them.
However, “accompaniment” is tricky today. Many who reject the Catholic faith hold various ideologies that claim to be extremely moral. Based on their false morality, they even judge us as immoral! The trick is to reject their ideology but not their persons.
For a revised and updated outline that centers on asking God for the things we want and need, click here:
- Central idea: God will give us what we ask for.
- Doctrine: Prayer of petition.
- Practical application: Asking for things.
The Homiletic Directory offers the following Catechism points and themes for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
- CCC 541-546: the Kingdom of God is at hand
- CCC 787, 858-859: the Apostles, united to the mission of Christ
- CCC 2122: “the laborer deserves his food”
- CCC 2816-2821: “Your kingdom come”
- CCC 555, 1816, 2015: the Cross as the way to follow Christ