Today’s Gospel proceeds from Luke’s narrative of Jesus sending out his disciples on the first missions. “Go on your way; behold I am sending you like lambs among wolves” (Lk 10:3). They returned from their successful mission and Jesus went on to say, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Lk 20).
How apt that the life of our saint today echoes the missionary directive of Jesus at the start of his ministry. Blessed Diego, in accord with his own wishes, went “like a lamb among wolves” to the Pacific islands, where after initial successes, he and Pedro Calungsod were killed by hostile natives. Because of their martyrdom for the faith, their names are now written in heaven.
Today, we are called to be missionaries in an increasingly secular world, wherein some societies do not welcome talk of God and religion. In our own small way, have we tried to stem the tide of secularism, or the tendency to oppose the introduction of any hint of religion to our way of life? Are we witnessing to the ways God has worked in our own lives? Have we been bold enough to proclaim Jesus as our personal Savior?