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.
In remembering St. Matthew we have learned the meaning of the divine call, which is filled grace, love and mercy. Today's gospel introduces us to mission and how we are to do it.
- We are called and sent in God's name. So our words and actions must be consistent with the message we receive.
- Before sending us, God blesses us, anoints us and equips us with his presence, especially the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- The proclamation belongs to us, and the reception of the message belongs to the recipient. The fruit belongs to the Lord. So we are not called to success, but rather to faithfulness.
- Let the proclamation not be conditioned by the way others receive the Word, for the mission is entrusted by God and for God alone. Therefore, our dependence on material means for the proclamation of the Good News is not acceptable, because we are asked to depend on divine providence.
- The mission is accomplished not only by the words spoken, but by responding positively to the daily needs of our brothers and sisters.
«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 saint John Paul II wrote, «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.