Luke 9: 1-6
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them
power and authority over all demons and to cure
diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom
of God and to heal the sick. He said to
them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick,
nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no
one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay
there and leave from there. And as for those
who do not welcome you, when you leave that
town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against
them." Then they set out and went from village
to village proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are the author of
life and the giver of all that is good.
You are the Prince of Peace and my mainstay. You
are my healer and the cure itself. I need
you, and I need to give you. I love
you and commit myself to you entirely, knowing you could
never let me down or deceive me. Thank you
for giving me your very self.
help me to rely on your grace and not
on worldly things.
1. The Mission: Christ sends out his
apostles to preach the good news with inadequate supplies.
They are charged to trust in Providence. Jesus shrinks
their suitcases to practically nothing. How could they touch
people? Like St. Paul they were able to understand that
Jesus was guiding their steps from a discreet distance:
“I consider all as loss for the surpassing knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). Jesus gave them
restrictions to teach them that their strength in bearing
fruit lies in their love for him rather than
in their material possessions or management skills. Do I carry
this same conviction in the home, in the office,
or running the errands? Am I willing to go
two miles if the local Church community presses me into
service for one mile?
2. Detached from All Things:
Christ warns us about hoarding possessions, not so much
by what he says, but by what he does.
He doesn’t send his friends out like sheep among wolves
so he can retire to a comfortable sofa all
weekend long. By giving them a good example first, Jesus
has already demonstrated what is necessary for apostolic success.
He was born in a musty cave. His first
bed was an animal trough. His first apostolic success,
at the age of twelve, was cut short by his
parents who intimated to him that his timing was
off. He sent Peter to pull coins out of a
fish’s mouth because he had no money to pay
the tax. He allowed simple things — a woman at
a well, a funeral march in a village —
to become moments remembered worldwide, for ages to come,
by countless followers. Later, he would be laid in someone
else’s grave. Material welfare alone cannot obtain what the
Lord is sending us to accomplish!
3. A Free
Choice: Jesus didn’t make the disciples go off to
a survival camp. Nevertheless, the harder the conditions were,
the more attraction they felt at being involved. These Galilean
fishermen freely accepted an unknown trade. They had discovered
a treasure that so filled them with enthusiasm they
sold everything in order to get hold of it and
share it. This treasure is Christ. The Gospel says,
“Then they set out and went from village to village....”
It didn’t take the apostles long to decide what they
wanted to do, for within their vessels of clay
they carried a treasure which needed to spread far
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, as
wonderful as material things are, they do not amount
to anything compared to possessing you and teaching others
about you. See the efforts I so intensely perform
for your sake and bless them. Lord, help me, as
you helped St. Paul, to continue fighting for a
heavenly crown that doesn’t fade or rust.
Today I will find a moment to make a
visit to the Blessed Sacrament and pray earnestly for the
missionary intentions of the Holy Father for this month.