Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases. And He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He instructed them, «Don't take anything for the journey, neither walking stick, nor bag, nor bread, nor silver coins; and don't even take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. And wherever they don't welcome you, leave the town and shake the dust from your feet: it will be as a testimony against them». So they set out and went through the villages, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
We are all limited with our talents and qualities. We wish to bring all these in to perfection, for our use and for the development of our society. Today Jesus seems to propose another approach which is not our habitual way of looking at events. He is asking each and every one us, to be aware of being send and believe that He gives us all that we need to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
Looking very practically, without making any exaggeration, we can say with certitude that merely a simple heart filled with love and mercy is sufficient to announce the Kingdom of God. Believing that God is good and all that happens in our life, God is able to change them as wonder in life, is the first step to proclaim the Kingdom of God. We should believe that this God is with us and in us. It’s here that we learn to be simple, humble and depend on God’s providence for everything.
Jesus does warns us that there will be huddles in life and we will certainly find people to oppose our good work. He is suggesting us that we may not be discouraged by these opposition and learn to bring into the perfection and accomplishment, of what is expected of us, the divine expectation. Let our good may not be conditioned by the opinion or behviours of others, rather the divine will and mission that the Lord has entrusted to us, here and now. Have a wonderful day.
«Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases»
Fr. Jordi CASTELLET i Sala
(Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, we are given to live in times when new mental diseases are reaching unsuspected levels never ever known before. At present, our rhythm of life is impelling us towards a stressing race to consume and misrepresent more than our neighbor next door, the whole dragnet being seasoned with a strong dosage of individualism, that is customizing persons isolated from the rest of the world. This loneliness, that many of us are forced to put up with because of social conveniences, job pressure or enslaving practices, is responsible for quite a few of us buckling under depression, neurosis, hysterics, schizophrenia, or some other mental disorders, that may severely endanger a person's future.
«Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to drive out all evil spirits and to heal diseases» (Lk 9:1). Diseases we can identify in the same Gospel as mental diseases.
Meeting Christ, the perfect Person, brings about a state of equilibrium and peace that soothes our mood and allows us to rediscover ourselves while providing light and lucidity to our lives and to our approach to future. The Gospels are criteria to clarify any doubts; they are good to teach and mentor, to educate both young and older, and to lead persons through the path of life, that path that never has to shrivel.
«So they set out and went through the villages, proclaiming the good news» (Lk 9:6). This is our mission too: to live and ponder over the Gospel, the very word of Jesus, so that it can be imbued into us. Thus, by and by, we shall be able to find the path to follow and the freedom to accomplish. As John Paul II has written, «peace has to be accomplished through truth (...); it has to be built in freedom».
Let Jesus Christ —who called us to faith and eternal joy— overfills us with his hope and love, He who has given us a new life and an inexhaustible future.