Wednesday, September 27, 2017

“We need to remember that the first disciples were ordinary men called to an extraordinary mission. Their devotion to Jesus outweighed their fears and insecurities. As a result God change them and use them to accomplish some mind-boggling things. Why couldn't God - why wouldn't God do the same in your life?”

Jesus’ friends are in no way remarkable for their talent or character. He who considers the apostles or disciples great from a human or religious point of view raises the suspicion that he is unacquainted with true greatness. Moreover, he is confusing standards, for the apostle and disciple have nothing to do with such greatness. Their uniqueness consists of their being sent, of their God-given role of pillars for the coming salvation.” ― Servant of God Romano Guardini (1885 – 1968: was an Italian-born German Catholic priest, author, and academic. He was one of the most important figures in Catholic intellectual life in the 20th century.

Gospel Text: (LK 9:1-6)
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them."
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Jesus gives us his “marching orders” in today’s reading from Luke.

He sends the Twelve out with nothing.  All they had was the present moment and the knowledge that the Kingdom of God was at hand.  I wonder what I would have done if my marching orders were to leave with nothing, and to proclaim the Kingdom!  My guess is that Jesus would have gotten a few questions from me.

This is a good day to reflect on what I need in today’s world to proclaim the Kingdom of God.  I seem to need lots of trappings.  These trappings can obscure the message I am trying to preach.  I need to set aside anything which clouds the truth.  The truth is simple, beautiful and life-changing.  God loves us.  God loves us so much that we are each invited to empty ourselves (die) and be filled with new life (rise). 

I don’t need a "tunic" to proclaim this good news of the Kingdom of God.  I need simply to say yes and “get on down the road!” 

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