Once the Seventy-two disciples who were sent ahead of Jesus to some cities and towns returned rejoicing and saying “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” But Jesus corrected them “Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17, 20) Jesus’ words resonate in all our excitements and celebrations.
As you celebrate your graduation and then advance in your studies or enter into careers, do not lose sight of all the blessings you received from the above. Be grateful and thankful to God. The Psalmist sings “Bless the Lord, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts…” (Ps 103:2) As Jesus sent the disciples, today He is sending us out into the world to live and proclaim His love and mercy towards humanity. In Baptism, we are baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, and so our names are written in heaven. Let us strive hard to keep the names written in heaven and be His witnesses.
Fr. Ligory Kattiakaran