Season of Journey
Season of Journey, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers the 13-17th Weeks of Ordinary Time. The Radio Show airs July 2010 on Catholic radio KDUA. Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, Season of Journey travels with Jesus as Peter is called to fish for men and Martha complains about her sister. See outline and references below.
Outline of the Season of Journey
Intro: Following Jesus on the trip, showing hospitality to fellow travelers, finding joy even when we hit a pot-hole
Following Christ in various vocations requires sacrifice; the joy of the Lord is not always evident on the surface.
Exchanging cultural desire for Kingdom desire
The Lord provides consolations to the ‘new’ as encouragement, to witness the glory of God, for example, the success of the 72.
The mature teaching of the evangelizer opens the eyes to the difficulties as the toil is tedious due to its repetitive nature and the rejection by listeners.
Prayer is the key.
As the inner joy awakens in the student evangelizer the outer successes are not required to stay focused. Persistence becomes the norm, trusting the answer of God’s grace.
God’s word goes forth as seed; the harvester is not always the one who plants.
Frequent cycles of the blood of the martyrs—who could not see the fruit of their suffering—bring tremendous harvests after their lifetime.
When the harvest is plentiful recognize those who toiled without seeing the harvest yet trusted God.
Whether we personally are those who prepare ground, plant, cultivate or get to participate in the fruit of the harvest, we can all find joy in the toil as we labor. Do not lose site of the harvest; enjoy it always.
Martha and Mary remind us not to lose focus by concentrating only on the toil.
The presence of God is with us each step of the Way. “Too blessed to be stressed!”
The Way of the Lord uses culture; the Way of the Lord seeks to ‘change’/transform culture into the kingdom culture. As you identify your neighbor as the least among you, you ‘change’ the ‘thinking’ of your time. What ‘seems’ to be so may not be.
Ask the Lord to see others the way He does. As you love as he does; as you welcome others as you welcome the Lord, truly the kingdom shall be on earth as it is in heaven.
Abraham welcomed the stranger—and his “return”, his fruit, was a miracle child; the toil was hospitality. Both gave Glory to God.
References used in Season of Journey Scriptures and the liturgical readings are available at Readings & Catechism 13th Sunday, Gospel of Luke 9:51-62, see various responses to “follow me”. Acts of the Apostles 2: 43-45 Mighty deeds were done. The believers chose to be were together and had “all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need.” 14th Sunday, Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Successful journey of 72 sent ahead of Jesus in pairs, but warned about shaking “the dust from your feet” .
13th Sunday, 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Elisha slaughtered the oxen and burned the plow then followed Elijah
Matthew 4: 19-20, Mark 1:16-18, Jesus calls the fishermen to be fishers of men.
14th Sunday, Isaiah 66:10-14c “as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you”
Job 1-2, Job is innocent but tested
17th Sunday, Luke 11:1-13 Our Father; midnight request for bread; ask, seek find; fathers give good gifts to their children
Luke 5:8 Peter’s reaction to Jesus
Exodus 12:1-4 God’s call of Abram at age 75, promises blessings and to be a great nation.
16th Sunday, Genesis 18:1-10a Three strangers visit Abraham; they prophecy “Sarah will have a son”
Genesis 18:18-19, reminder of promises to Abraham of being a nation and his sons.
Genesis 12:5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Tertullian was an ecclesiastical writer of the third century.
16th Sunday, Luke 10:38-42 “Martha, Martha”
John 11:5, Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
15th Sunday, Deuteronomy 30:10-14 command voiced by God “already in your mouths and in your hearts”
17th Sunday, Genesis 18:20-32 Abraham negotiates with God: 10 good men in Sodom?
15th Sunday, Luke 10:25-37 “love God…love neighbor” Good Samaritan
2 Corinthians 6:1-10 Paul lists his afflictions and hardships
14th Sunday, Galatians 6:14-18, Paul boasts of the Cross
2 Corinthians 11: 23-30, Paul takes joy in his difficulties and enumerates a multitude of them boasting his weakness
2 Corinthians 12:1, Paul boasts of visions and revelations
Luke 22:35-36 Jesus instructs the disciples to take a purse, bag and sword
Luke 10:10-11 Jesus describes when to shake the dust off.
Matthew 17:20, moving the mountain through faith. Nothing is impossible.