Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Ezra:5-9, Psalm (Tobit) 13:2, 3-4, 6, 7-8, 6, & Luke 9:1-6
After preaching, teaching, and healing in Galilee, Jesus commissions and instructs the Twelve to do likewise. He gives them their "marching orders," namely, to take nothing more for the journey—not a staff, traveling bag, food, or money, and wear only one coat. Most importantly, however, they should accept the hospitality of others when offered to them.
Just like the Twelve, our Lord also commissions and instructs us. Our journey involves the long haul and prioritizing of our lifestyles. The tasks of preaching, teaching, and healing are also ours. We preach by the example of our lives. We teach by sharing experiences of grace with others. We heal by being present and by listening with compassion.
As Jesus points out, there may be rejection. There is to be no fire and brimstone, literally or figuratively. In today's first reading and the disciples with their limited resources, help us realize that our efforts only bring results through the Lord at work in us. God's grace often works in strange ways.
When we meet at the Eucharistic Table of the Lord at Holy Mass, we are together with our sisters and brothers in a Catholic Christian community of faith. After the final dismissal, we collectively leave as a community with a mission. Our mission is the same as that of the Twelve.
Like Jesus' disciples, it is necessary for us to set out and be confident of God's presence in our lives and to share that presence, which is the Good News of Jesus, with others.
Question of the Day: How will you preach, teach, and heal others by your example of sacred discipleship?
Prayer: Lord God, we pray today that you do not use us to change one life, but that you would use us to impact many. Amen.