The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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.
Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora, Jr.):
The mission of the twelve was very difficult. It seems impossible to me if the instructions of Jesus were to be specifically followed in today’s setting;perhaps, I would not last in a mission. Allow me to share my experience of doing mission during our apostolate weekend. We were sent to be in the presence of families who were active members in the parish and volunteers who offered their homes for us to stay.
In one of the weekends, I experienced sharing leftover food for lunch with the family. I was sure, then, that it would not be enough for all of us. So I ate only a few portion of what was served. In the afternoon of that day, I got so hungry but could not afford to buy even a snack, since we have to persist in whatever provision that was provided for us.So, all I did was to drink water. Fortunately, I was able to manage the day with a few glasses.
That experience helped me to appreciate the mission that Jesus and His disciples endured and went through just to proclaim the Good News of our salvation. I am certain that they had undergone much worse than I. Maybe there were dayswhen not even a drink was served. But even with all these hardships, suffering, and pain, they still persevered in their mission of evangelizing. They never lost sight of Jesus and His teachings. Their worldly needs did not hinder them from giving their all to the mission of proclaiming repentance and the coming of the Kingdom of God.
Let us continue to draw inspiration and strength from the apostles and all missionaries.Let us not grow weary in giving our humble service to proclaim the gospel. If we really believe that God is our Provider, then, there will never be an impossible mission.