Scripture: 1st Reading: Baruch4,5-12,27-29; Resp. Psalm: Ps69,33-37; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,25; Gospel: Lk10,17-24
The word of God in Baruch today expressed in clear terms the reason for the calamity that befell the people. According to Baruch, these calamities were not the fruit of a capricious God, who delighted in the sufferings of His people. Rather, they were reformatory, the consequences of the sins the people committed. They were the consequences of the provocations they brought about as a result of the abominations they committed by sacrificing to false gods.
But Baruch also contained a message of hope. Baruch emboldened the people to take courage, cry to God, because God will definitely remember them. All that the people needed to do was to seek the Lord with intensity and great zeal. God who allowed the calamities to be experienced as a consequence of the sins of the people would bring them everlasting joy again.
That message of hope was the one the disciples of our Lord took to those they were sent to preach to in today's gospel passage. The seventy were sent with authority and power and returned after their mission to report about the incredible manifestations of the power of God and the subjection of satan when they used the name of Jesus. But our Lord told them not to rejoice yet, because He had given them even greater powers and authority over serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy.
The subjugation of satan and the powers of the enemy is one of the powers revealed by our Lady about the rosary. It was this power that was manifested in the crucial victory the Christians in Europe won over the Turks at the naval battle of Lepanto in 1571. But for that victory, the whole of Europe would have been totally overrun and dominated by Islam.
Our Lady of the Rosary still wields that power even today. Countless testimonies abound about the powers of the Rosary to heal, exorcise, set free and draw souls closer to God. The Rosary is given by our mother Mary as the highest assurance of her maternal protection and a sure means of advancing in holiness and personal sanctification. Let us pray our rosaries, especially in this month of October specially dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary.
Let us pray: "Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Rev. Fr. Anthony Igbekele