Wednesday, January 31, 2018
THURSDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2018 – THURSDAY, 4th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 2: 1- 4, 10- 12I Mk 6: 7- 13
GOSPEL READING: Mk 6: 7- 13
Jesus 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.
Whenever we travel we always like to be well prepared. What clothes will we bring? Where will we stay? Where will we eat? Who will take care of us?
In different fashion Jesus sent off the Twelve on their preaching missions with specific instructions to bring nothing and to depend on the kindness and generosity of people: "No food, no bag, no money in their belts," "no extra tunic." Somehow in his infinite goodness God will take care of those who preach the Good News.
Sandals and walking staffs are most useful in walking through dusty and rough paths of roads. Not carrying an extra tunic makes them more truly dependent on people they minister to.
If they are not welcome or not listened to, they are to signify their disgust and disappointment by shaking the dust off their feet as they leave,
The Church has sent off many missionaries to distant lands and islands following the same instructions given by Christ to the Twelve and to his other disciples. In this way they learned to depend on God: after all the Gospel is preached in God's name and for his greater glory.
God continues to show his marvelous power not only in the faith and confidence of such missionaries of the Good News but also in the generosity and care shown by people to these bearers of the Good News. This clearly manifests that the mission becomes a concrete example of how faith nurtures both the missionary and those being addressed. Love is indeed shown in deeds and not merely in words. And God assures those who preach the Good News that they are worthy of their hire: God will watch over and repay them in providing their needs through the generosity of people. For us, the lesson is to give proper support to the Church and its workers.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Meldy C. Briones
Marietta W Co Chien
Helen W Chua
Franz & Abigail Saw
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Evelyn C. Ong
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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