Jesus sent out the Twelve with the following
instructions, “As you go, make this proclamation: ´The kingdom of
heaven is at hand.´ Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received;
without cost you are to give. Do not take gold
or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for
the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking
stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village
you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and
stay there until you leave. As you enter a house,
wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your
peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return
to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to
your words -- go outside that house or town and
shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to
you, it will be more tolerable for the land of
Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment than for
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
in your presence I break away from the spiritual laziness
and indifference that deprives me of the fruit of this
prayer which I need so much. I know my poverty,
and you are immensely rich in all that I need.
I am so slow to give, whereas you are prompt
and total in your gifts to me. I offer you
this unruly heart of mine to do all that you
wish of me today.
Petition: Lord, please grant me the grace to be a
better apostle today than I was yesterday.
1. Go Out: The command is “Go.” The
Kingdom cannot be spread while sitting in an easy chair.
We cannot wait for the world that needs Christ to
come to our door. Letting opportunities where we can serve
pass by, hoping someone else will take the initiative, is
simply a “no” to Christ’s command. “Go” means sensitizing our
heart and eyes to those who are hungry for Christ,
seeing in the faces of our family members and co-workers
a hunger for his power and grace. In this culture
that is sick and waning, “go” means reaching out to
those who need to know Christ, so that his Kingdom
will expand. We cannot take the easy route of preaching
to the choir; we must reach out to those professions
and fields of study that have lost all sense of
the dignity of the human person – especially medicine, law,
politics and education. This is what the King is asking.
What is the response which I am giving to my
2. “Nobody Gives What
He Doesn’t Possess”: Christ’s command is to give from what
we have received. If every day we make ourselves more
aware of the gifts we have been given through Christ’s
power, we will be better at giving Christ to others.
As apostles, we go not with our own power; rather,
we carry Christ’s power to heal, save and conquer evil.
It is he who drives the mission, who makes the
apostles a team. How often do I calculate what I
can contribute to the mission based only on the strength
of my human qualities? How often do I give only
from what is just me, rather than from the graces
I have received from the Holy Spirit? Moreover, do I
measure my effectiveness solely from an individual perspective, rather than
from that of the whole body of the Church, in
which other apostles are locked arm-in-arm with me for the
cause of Christ? God’s saving power is found where obedience
and unity are, not where only natural talents, gifts and
abilities are at play.
3. Failures and Disappointments: Christ affirms that when we reach
an impasse in our lives, this is, in and of
itself, no sign of the lack of the authenticity of
our mission. Its results are tied to the free-will choices
of others, as well as to a plan where apparent
barrenness is part of God’s economy of salvation. A period
of few fruits in the mission can be a period
of consolidation of our commitment to follow him in season
and out of season. Take this time to repel all
discouragement and doubt and to prove how authentic our “yes”
is. A pure “yes” will seek God’s will and the
mission at hand simply because he wants it, not for
any easy or short-term results.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, I wish to ignite my own
zeal for your Kingdom from the furnace of divine love
which burns in your heart. I offer you the promise
of a soldier in combat: to be courageous, honorable, persevering,
and worthy of the name I bear – “Apostle of
the Kingdom of Christ.” I work aware of the fact
that I have only one life to live on this
earth. Not one minute must be wasted in comfort-seeking and
selfishness. My heart is ready for the mission, Lord; please
sustain it today with the strength of your own.
Resolution: Today I will review my
daily and weekly time commitments before Christ, and I will
ensure that I am using my time as fruitfully as
I can to expand his Kingdom in the world.