Saturday, July 14, 2012
15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - B
15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - B
Am 7:12-15 / Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10 / Mk 6:7-13
Amaziah then said to Amos, "Off with you, seer, go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there by prophesying. But never again prophesy at Bethel for it is a king's sanctuary and a national shrine." Amos replied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet or one of the fellow prophets. I am a breeder of sheep and a dresser of sycamore trees. But Yahweh took me from shepherding the flock and said to me: Go, prophesy to my people Israel.
Blessed be God, the Father of Christ Jesus our Lord, who in Christ has blessed us from heaven with every spiritual blessing. God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and without sin in his presence. From eternity he destined us in love to be his adopted sons and daughters through Christ Jesus, thus fulfilling his free and generous will. This goal suited him: that his loving-kindness which he granted us in his Beloved might finally receive all glory and praise. For in Christ we obtain freedom, sealed by his blood, and have the forgiveness of sins. In this appears the greatness of his grace, which he lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding, God has made known to us his mysterious design, in accordance with his loving-kindness in Christ. In him and under him God wanted to unite, when the fullness of time had come, everything in heaven and on earth. By a decree of Him who disposes all things according to his own plan and decision we, the Jews, have been chosen and called and we were awaiting the Messiah, for the praise of his glory. You, on hearing the word of truth, the Gospel that saves you, have believed in him. And, as promised, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit, the first pledge of what we shall receive, on the way to our deliverance as a people of God, for the praise of his glory.
He called the Twelve to him, and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over evil spirits. And he ordered them to take nothing for the journey, except a staff: no food, no bag, no money in their belts. They were to wear sandals and were not to take an extra tunic. And he added, "In whatever house you are welcomed, stay there until you leave the place. If any place doesn't receive you, and the people refuse to listen to you, leave after shaking the dust off your feet. It will be a testimony against them." So they set out to proclaim that this was the time to repent. They drove out many demons and healed many sick people by anointing them.
There are three particular instructions of Jesus in this Gospel reading that we can take to heart: carrying the walking stick, travelling two by two, and shaking the dust off from one's feet from unresponsive towns. They apply, really, to every Christian's journey and to every Christian's life.
First, we have the walking stick. Jesus tells his disciples to take no food, no travelling bag and not even any money. The one thing that they were to take was a walking stick. Jesus knew that they would need something to lean on. Hills were steep and roads were rough. A walking stick would help them to keep their balance.
Our walking stick is our trust in God's providence. This is critical to our Christian living. We need to trust in God's will. There is God's permissive will in the things that He allows to happen. There is God's corrective will in the things that bring us to correct the direction in which we are going. Finally there is God's affirmative will in the things that God sends into our lives.
Very little in our lives is simple coincidence. God's will is woven into everything that happens to us, even in rejection. In our lives, everything happens for a reason, for our spiritual good, if we can see it through the eyes of faith. Planted within every event, every failure, every rejection is a seed of a new turn, a new life, a new grace.
The second element of Jesus' instructions is his sending out the disciples two by two. Jesus sends them out two by two for the very obvious reason that they needed each other. They had a big job to do and to get it done well, they needed teamwork
We all need friends, partners, associates and companions. That is certainly true of the spiritual life. We call that the communion of saints. We ask for the help of the saints. When we go forward to speak the Gospel, to live the Gospel, we need help and support. That is what the community of the Church is for. That is also why Sunday Mass is important. If we have to work for our own sanctification and that of others, we can gather each week with the Church to renew our faith, our commitment to the Lord, and know that we are supported by prayer. We all need a spiritual companion, someone specific for whom we can pray and whom we know is praying for us.
The third and last instruction from Jesus to his disciples is to shake from their feet the dust of a town that will not listen to the word of God and move on to other places. The message for us and for the Church from these words of Jesus is not to be paralyzed by failure. We need to be sure that we do our best and then to move on. If we let the dust of failures to accumulate in the corners of our lives, sooner or later it will immobilize us. There are other towns, other opportunities, other people who are waiting to hear the Gospel and receive Jesus' truth.
In today's Gospel we have Jesus' to his first missionaries and to us. We should hang on to that walking stick, the trust in God's will and providence. Trust your fellow-Christian who can give you courage, support and prayer. Do not be paralyzed and preoccupied with failure. Shake the dust from the town that will not listen and move on. As Christians, we are on a journey. We are not wanderers but pilgrims and missionaries. We have a purpose and a goal in life and we have God's word to live by. If the Lord gives you a mission, he will also give you the resources and the grace to carry it out.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Kathy S, Bob, Jack, Tom B, Linda O, Mary Ann, Cheryl, Delores and Fr Larry
- Celirma Horn
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Deanne Montoya
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo, Mr Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr. Obinna Okoronkwo, Barr Barbara Adaugo, Engr Ifeanyi Matts Anyaugo, Chuba Osinachi Anyaugo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Denivieve Chua Hwan
- Birthday: 1st Neo Catechumenal Communities MTQ -1975
- Wedding Anniversary: Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Ochoa
- In Memoriam (+): Pablo S. Chan +
- In Memoriam (+): Sofronia Vergara
- In Memoriam (+): Flora S. Quiambao
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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