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Sunday Scripture Readings, July 7, 2013

By Jeff Hedglen
Catholic News Service

Cycle C. Readings:

1) Isaiah 66:10-14c

Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20

2) Galatians 6:14-18

Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Years ago, a friend hurt me pretty badly. We had what I thought was a slight disagreement, but for this friend it was more than that, and our friendship was over. I tried to reconcile. I apologized and asked for forgiveness, but reconciliation was not to be. Now, years later, the ending of this friendship over our first and only disagreement has not entirely left me.

Similar situations have happened among my family and friends and it appears that, for most everyone, things from the past stay with us more than seems reasonable. On the television show "Mad Men," the character of Donald Draper has a past he wants to forget. For the most part, he simply goes about his life as though that part of his past never happened. Although Draper does not have a lot of admirable characteristics, the ability to let the past be the past is something I often wish I possessed.

In this week's Gospel, Jesus sends 72 disciples out to evangelize the surrounding towns. He instructs them to stay with the people there, heal the sick and announce that "the kingdom of God is at hand for you." He also says that if the disciples are not welcomed, they are to shake the dust of the town off their feet and move on.

It is this shaking the dust and moving on that I find hard to do. I think one of the lessons Jesus teaches us in this passage is that we need to know when we have done all that we can do, and if our best isn't good enough for some people, then that is not our problem.

In some ways this is like the old saying: "For some people, if they don't know, you just can't tell them." It is not my responsibility to control how someone reacts to what I do. My job is to do my best to have everything I do on earth be done as it is in heaven.

None of us is perfect in our interactions with others. There will be things we regret. But regret can stifle the life right out of us. Sometimes we just need to shake the dust off and start again in a new place, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!


Are there regrets from your past that still bother you? What will it take for you to shake the dust off? How can we live every day on earth as it is in heaven?


"The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you." -- Luke 10:11


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