MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Mark 6:7-13
And Jesus called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them.” So they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
JESUS Christ called to him the twelve. He began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He gave them both the power and the authority to speak and to act in his name. He sent them to do the works which he did, to heal the sick, to cast out evil spirits, and to speak the good news of the gospel which they received from Jesus.
I imagine that the apostles were very happy. So they went out and preached that men should repent. They also cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.
Here we see how Jesus offers his disciples and each of us the chance to live life on a higher plane. Life grows by being given away. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others.
We discover here that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means. Pope Francis encourages us that we must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral (Evangelii Gaudium 10).
As the twelve sent by Jesus, we have to recover and deepen our enthusiasm to proclaim the joy of the Gospel in our daily lives. As declared by Paul VI in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi (8 December 1975), we are full of enthusiasm because there is “delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it is in tears that we must sow. And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervour, who have first received the joy of Christ”
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ, the only source of our enthusiasm in preaching the joy of the Gospel. He frees us from greed and preoccupation with our possessions and makes ample room for God’s provision.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you entrust us with your gifts and talents. We place ourselves at your service, to witness your truth and saving power to whomever you send us. May we witness the joy of the Gospel both in word and deed now and forever. Amen.
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