“The disciples left and travelled through all the villages, preaching the Good News and healing people everywhere.” (Lk 9:6)
Today’s Passage: Lk 9:1-6
Meditation: We find in this verse that the charism of Jesus Christ is effectively and efficiently communicated to the twelve disciples. The effective communication of the conviction of the master makes the accomplishment of the task of the disciples much easier. When the master’s target and the means to attain it, is clear then, the disciples are on right track. Jesus gave his disciples the clear target of the proclamation of the message of the kingdom of God and the power they need to accomplish their ministries. The minute details of their life style during the ministry of course sharpen their concentration. We read in today’s passage, “The disciples left and travelled through all the villages, preaching the Good News and healing people everywhere.” (Lk 9:6) Today we have many projects in our minds and the financial resources for their achievements; still we lack and lose somewhere or somehow its effective accomplishment. What is happening here? I do think that the success of the mission to a certain extent depends on the concentration of the missionaries. It should not be scattered as to lose their target. Even with all the powers showered upon, why are we not yet effective in our evangelization activities? Do we have with us all those things that are prohibited to carry along with us? The first book of Samuel says, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears, and the lowing of cattle that I hear?” (1 Sam 15:14) And in the second book of kings we read, “Is this a time to accept money and to accept clothing, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female sales?” (2 Kg 5:26) These are the warnings of god received by King Saul and Gehazi, the servant of Prophet Elisha respectively. They lost their identity on their way. We should learn more of our mission than earn from mission. Therefore, Jesus said to his disciples, “Take nothing with you for the journey: no stick, no beggar’s bag, no food, no money, not even an extra shirt,” (Lk 9:3) for, to succeed in our mission we must have single minded devotion to our goal.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Amen! We all are sent on the particular mission of proclamation of God. Io order to be effective in our ministry we have to rely on the one who sent us always. Once we felt that we are self sufficient then we may go astray from the target. Therefore, O God, help us always depend on your providence than on the earthly securities. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage! God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…