Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Book of the Prophet Amos 7:12-15, Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14, Ephesians 1:3-14,
& Mark: 6:7-13
When you think about it, there is always someone who can help us in various ways when we need help. When we are ill, we call a doctor; when our car needs repair, we call a mechanic; and so forth. God has provided us with those who can help us when we need spiritual help.
Fortunately for us, God calls our fellow individuals to minister to our spiritual needs. For example, God called prophets like Amos in our first reading to preach His Word. In the Gospel narrative of Saint Mark, Jesus sends out the twelve apostles to preach and to heal. The apostles would be ordained the first priests during the Last Supper. Today and every day, God calls individuals to become priests, deacons, and members of religious communities. The need is great!
Why does God do this? It's simple. He calls on fellow humankind to minister on His behalf because He takes humanity seriously, perhaps more seriously than we do, which is another reason why God calls our fellow humans to minister to us on His behalf.
In today's Gospel account, our Lord sends His disciples out to 'test their wings' as missionaries. The word mission comes from the Latin word 'mittere' meaning 'send.' The disciple's calling is to do good things with specific instructions on how to do it, including traveling. Essentially, they are to test more than their wings by understanding God's care and fidelity to them as they go forth on their mission.
Jesus tells them to expect rejection or at least not be accepted, just because He sent them to perform their mission for folks who need their help. If and when rejection comes, they were to "shake the dust off their feet in testimony against them" and continue their mission, not feeling discouraged or disrespected.
We are each called by God to be missionaries, proclaimers, and witnesses to others of His Holy Words. It doesn't matter what your profession is or if you are young or old. Our mission is to preach, heal, teach and become witness to the Good News of Jesus. In short, we are to evangelize! Unfortunately, many still have the idea that the call of Christ is directed only to apostles and their successors—the bishops, priests, deacons, and the religious orders, which is not true. Every Catholic Christian is commissioned to a ministry of love and justice by virtue of their baptism and confirmation.
The Lord Jesus entrusts each of us with various gifts and talents. We must not turn our backs on Him, and we should eagerly place ourselves at His service. We must do whatever He bids of us.
Question of the Day: How will you become a witness of God's truth and saving power to whomever He sends to you?
Prayer: "May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call."