Sometimes we don't need another chance to express how we feel or to ask someone to understand our situation. Sometimes we just need a firm kick in the pants. An unsmiling expectation that if we mean all these wonderful things we talk about and sing about, then lets see something to prove it. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer: (1906 – 1945: was a German Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, who was executed by hanging)
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.
Jesus’ Message is clear today as it was centuries ago: believe in Him and follow his example of all-inclusive, selfless, sacrificial love; live as if today were the ultimate day of life on earth and the gateway to the fulfillment of Life which is Heaven. Food for thought: What needs to be set aside?
With Lent on the immediate horizon, some things to consider: simplify and take time for yourselves: some peace & quiet in prayer, time for a personal retreat, time to get back in touch with family and friends, time to experience the mercy of God in this special Jubilee Year.
Let’s preach the Good News of Jesus — mercy, repentance, healing, love — by our lives, using words if necessary.