3rd February

Publié le 2 Février 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 6:7-13): 

 

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick –no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

 

The Application

 

The divine project od human salvation does not end with the death and resurrection of the Lord. Jesus wanted his disciples to continue it, and the Lord's disciples have passed on this mission to us. We are called to respond positively to this invitation of the Lord.

 

This sending of two by two, makes us discover that the mission that the Lord entrusted to us through his disciples is essentially a community work rather than an individual one. We must never forget that even in an individual or private activity, we are in communion with our brothers and sisters, who are present with us spiritually, in union of prayer.

 

 

 

Jesus already foresees the difficulty that we will encounter throughout our lives. Though we have received the graces and the authority to do in His name, the path will not always be a rosy one. However, we must trust the Lord's protection and his support, learn to continue the mission and that the mission does not stop because of a failure. The success and the failure doesn’t belong to us. Jesus has promised us that he will be there and complete the mission he has already started in us.

 

Action of the day: Be courageous and hopeful.

“Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two (…). So they went off and preached repentance”

 

+ Fr. Josep VALL i Mundó

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, the Gospel refers to the Apostles' first apostolic mission. Jesus Christ sends the Twelve to preach, to heal the sick and to prepare the ways of our definite salvation. This is the mission of the Church, and our mission, too. The II Vatican Council asserted, “Christian vocation is by its very nature a vocation to the apostolate. No baptized person can remain idle! Therefore, he who would not strive to achieve a human body and spiritual growth, would be as useless for the Church as he would be for himself.”

Gustave Thibon used to say that our world needs a “soul's supplement” to regenerate itself. Christ's doctrine is the only medicine that can cure all illnesses of the world. The world is in crisis. But, it is not just a partial decay of moral or human values: it is a crisis of everything. And the most precise term to define it would be a “crisis of soul”.

With the grace and doctrine of Jesus we Christians find ourselves in the midst of the temporal structures of humans so that we can instill life in them and guide them towards our Creator: “That the world, through the predication of the Church, by listening, it can believe, by believing, it can wait, and by waiting, it can love” (Saint Augustine). We Christians cannot elude this world. As Bernanos wrote: “We have been thrown in the middle of the dough, in the middle of the multitude, as yeast; we shall conquer again, inch by inch, the Universe that sin snatched away from us. O Lord, we shall return it to you as we received it in the morning of the world, with all its order and all its sanctity.”

The secret lies in loving the world with all our soul and in living with love the mission Jesus Christ gave the Apostles, and all of us. With words from Saint Josemaria, we can affirm “The apostolate is a love for God that is brimming with joy, with dedication to others (...). And our eagerness to spread our apostolate is the exact, adequate and necessary manifestation of our interior life.” This has to be our daily testimony amidst men and throughout all ages.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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