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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 4th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 7, 2019

Thursday of the 4th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24 ;

 Psalm 48:2-4, 9-11;

Gospel 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.

 

Messengers of Jesus

 

After Jesus was shown disrespect by the people of His home town, (which was our point of reflection yesterday), he left Nazareth, and went around other villages in the area continuing to teach about the Kingdom of God. But after several days of this, Jesus decided it was important to get alone with His 12 disciples and give them some assignments.


These people were going to be His messengers, representing Him to places He didn't have time to visit. They were going to be His ambassadors to areas He couldn't go to. And as we take a look at these messengers, I want you to notice some three things about them, because these same three things need to be characteristic of us as we are Jesus' messengers in the 21st century.


First, I want you to see how these 12 apostles were prepared. There's nothing fancy here. No College-training. They were qualified to "go" and represent Jesus, for just one reason- they had spent time with Him. That was the extent of their preparation.   They have seen him perform miracles, they had heard him preach.  They had seen him even rejected at his own home town.  They will have to do the same thing.  Preach, cure, and even get rejected (not immediately, but after the departure of Jesus).  Now he gave them a trial mission.


To be an effective messenger of the good news of Jesus today, we require the same preparation.  Only people who have spent time with Jesus are qualified to share with others.   We need to hear him, see him and spent time with him. That's because you cannot give what you do not have; and you will not have anything to share if you don't personally know Jesus. We do need a living relationship with the living Savoir and our mission is the sharing of that relationship.


Secondly Jesus gave them power and authority over the unclean spirits.  These disciples weren't sent out under their own power. They went to their assignments under the power of given to them by Jesus Christ.  God never calls us to do anything for Him, without giving us the power we need to accomplish the task.  If he has called us, then he has given us the necessary strength to accomplish the work he has entrusted us.


Thirdly, we should know that all the apostles were just normal, average people.  But their stay with Jesus made them his messengers.  We are all average people.  Still God calls people like us, and make us his messengers in this world today.


Fr .Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI


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