Jesus journeyed from one town and village to
another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom
of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women
who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary,
called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna,
the wife of Herod´s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that
you came into this world to redeem sinners. I hope
in you and in your power to transform my soul,
by your grace, from sinfulness to holiness. Lord, I love
you and offer you the longings of my heart to
put you truly first in my life. I want to
love you with all my mind, heart, soul and strength.
Petition: Jesus, teach me to live universal charity.
1. “Accompanying Him Were the Twelve”
In this rather commonplace phrase from the Gospel, we perceive
Jesus’ universal charity. He chose his twelve apostles from many
different backgrounds. Most of them probably would not have been
friends were it not for Christ. Matthew was a tax
collector; Peter, James and John, fisherman. Judas was more “sophisticated”
than the rest. Yet, Jesus called them all to be
his closest collaborators. As a result, they would come to
cooperate with and appreciate each other. When Christ is at
the center of any relationship, differences can not only be
overcome, they can become points of strength as well.
2. Mary, Called Magdalene: Not only
did he choose men to be his close collaborators, but
as the Gospel says there were also “women who provided
for him out of their resources.” Jesus assigned them different
roles, but he saved and transformed their lives all the
same. We think of Mary Magdalene as a close friend
of Christ, but we should also remember that he transformed
her, with the power of God’s grace, by expelling seven
demons from her.
The Wife of Herod’s Steward: Another of the women following
Jesus was “Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward.” It is
amazing to realize that the Gospel took root even in
the midst of the fiefdom of Herod, a man who
had absolutely no esteem for our Lord. We, then, should
never ‘write someone off.’ Prayer, sacrifice, and charity can be
effective means for the worst sinner’s conversion. Jesus’ message was
capable of inspiring followers in all societal conditions and groupings.
Similarly, we are called to build the Kingdom at all
levels of our secularized world.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus Christ, you give us
the example of unconditional love for each and every person.
You do not care what our background is or how
many sins we have committed. Your mercy is infinite and
everlasting! Thank you for your love. I beg you to
teach me to love without limits.
Resolution: I promise to practice universal charity today by
being kind to someone with whom I do not ordinarily
By Father David Daly, LC