I JOIN THE SEVENTY-TWO DISCIPLES SENT BY JESUS
“I WANT TO BE NUMBER 73”
At the beginning of the New Year, we often set some goals for the coming 12 months. As days go by, however, life and time move too quickly and suddenly, another year is gone and the goals unmet. The great question to consider this month is, have I properly used the time that God has given me so far? or have I used my time unworthily or uselessly. I have seen over the years, that humankind tend to go with the flow in a world that is mostly interested in fleeting or material things, pleasure, and entertainment. Therefore, people today are more decadent and co-dependent of all things temporal.
Sadly, when we finally get around to reviewing how we have invested our time; asking ourselves what we have done or if we feel successful or not, many feel tempted to resort to temporal answers as they slowly understand that they have wasted their time. Failing to grasp the meaning of the life that God has given them.
Jesus often appears in the movie of our life in times of crisis. And when He does, many understand that He is the true Life and the answer to our existence in the temporary world, but more importantly, to the Life after death; it is against this and not the temporal that we should measure the meaning of the life God has given us. Many fail to understand that Jesus is the answer to their void or need that they are very much focused on but they are blinded by the allure of the temporal world and therefore miss the intended meaning of the Life that God has for them. If they fail to succeed in God’s plan for them, the rest becomes unimportant. Thus, millions of men and women do not seize the opportunity to escape the temporal world they have created for a world full of Hope and Peace promised to them by Jesus. In the Gospel, Saint John tells us that Jesus was sought by some people that where present when He multiplied the loaves of bread, a miracle that allowed Him to feed thousands. “Jesus answered, very truly I tell you, you are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26)
Another perspective is that Jesus explains that their approach to Him and life was not right, “you want to meet your needs but fail to understand the actual reason for My coming.” Jesus came to teach us that we are the beloved children of our Heavenly Father and He is interested in both our temporary and eternal lives. At the start of His public life, Jesus invites all who listen to Him, to follow Him. He calls us to be His disciples, “followers of life” for He is Life. Only a few people saw beyond the miracles and realized that Jesus represented what they really wanted, what their soul’s aimed at, this is the small group of faithful men and women who changed the story of their lives and Humankind. Jesus is the milestone marking a before and after, a rising or falling as Simeon told the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph “… Simeon took Him in his arms and praised God, saying “Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You may now dismiss Your servant in Peace. For my eyes have seen Your Salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all nations; a Light of Revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel. The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about Him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, His mother, “this Child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:25-35
I want to start this year by sharing with you an evangelization project that has been a great blessing for many men and women for whom it has provided an extraordinary opportunity to change their lives and find the Peace and Hope they so longed for. I call it “I am 73” and I am certain that it comes as a revelation from God. I had the opportunity to present “I am 73” to Pope Francis who received it with great Hope, giving “I am 73” his blessings, declaring that this project would be very beneficial for the Church. And it is! Since some of you have asked me about the project, I did not want any more time to pass by without inviting you, my dear readers of this monthly letter, to be part of this life- changing experience. This project stems from a talk that I shared to our young people a few years ago in CDJ.
The talk was called “I am 73” and was inspired by the Gospel of Saint Luke 10:1 “after this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go.
” What is project “I am 73” about?
A wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Lord and join a spiritual and God service project that is transforming the lives of thousands of children, young people, and adults. To learn more about the project and how to join, please visit the website www.yosoyel73.com in Spanish and www.iam73.net in English or write an e-mail: email@example.com in Spanish and firstname.lastname@example.org in English; contact in Spanish is also available at WhatsApp at +52 33 1487 6681. God willing the next Consecration to Jesus Christ will take place from Tuesday, February 14 through Saturday, March 18, 2023 in Spanish; make inquiry for the next Consecration in English at the above links.
IMPORTANT: To become Consecrated and participate in the “I am 73” project, please sign up first. Contact us to request the registration form. The Consecration event is virtual via Zoom and free of cost.
Dear female friend, the experience of God that has transformed the lives of thousands of women will be available very soon. Are you ready? Jesus is waiting for you at the upcoming Metanoia for Women 2023 with the motto, Woman, appreciate your talents! February 4 and 5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. See you there! Get your tickets now at www.mujeresne.com or 773-777-773. You cannot miss it!
May God’s Blessings be poured upon you. May you have a prosperous and healthy
New Year full of Peace and Hope. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023!