Thoughts about today’s readings

Read today’s readings.

Jesus is still talking with his disciples on their role as Apostles. He basically tells them what to do and say.

Their most important message is to proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand. That kingdom is, of course, present in Jesus, and it will also be present in the Apostles who are called to do the same things that Jesus is doing.

In this day and age, all of us are also called to proclaim the kingship of God by our words and actions. The Church itself is called to bring healing to people where it is needed.

There are so many different things affecting peoples’ lives and breaking their spirit, that we must acknowledge that there is a lot of work to be done for them in the name of Christ. Each of us is called, but we must respond in our own way, at our own pace, using the gifts that have been given to us, and acknowledging our own situation in life at this time.

Jesus tells the Apostles to travel lightly. This sort of put into my mind the words of Pope Francis just last weekend, when he was addressing seminarians and novices in a special gathering at the Vatican. The Pope told them not to have the latest cell phones and the finest cars. He said that these things are important tools, but that the true disciple will only have what is necessary to proclaim the Good News. Extravagance is not a good evangelizing method.

I guess if we wanted to have some type of modern model for what Jesus is requesting of his followers, I think it would the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. To this day, the Sisters follow the theological life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In their ministry they may have to use some of the modern tools, but their main work remains to serve the poorest of the poor, the homeless, the sick, the rejected. Mother Teresa once said that “I do own things but they do not own me.”

How many of us could say the same thing about some of our possessions? This is where Mother Teresa and her Sisters are so different from us!

We might ask ourselves two questions as we ponder the readings for today. Where is our real security? What kind of service and hospitality do we give to others in need?

The Concho Padre

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