September 27, 2017
Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
The Gospel Today
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village
proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.
Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)
I recall when I was still working for a multinational corporation that launched an important program and national in scope, it adopted a certification process to accredit and train employees who will roll out the said initiative across different areas in the country. Indeed, the strategy was to the utmost interest of the organization to select the core group that will spearhead the cascade and roll out of the program. This kind of strategy is not new in our generation. In fact, during the time of our Lord Jesus Christ, He used this concept by identifying His core group when He formed His twelve apostles and commissioned them to preach, teach and proclaim the Kingdom of God.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick (Lk 9:1-2). When Jesus commissioned the twelve to be His representative in spreading the Kingdom of God, He did not send them empty handed. They were given the necessary authority and power to perform what Jesus was doing for the people. It was a mission to detach oneself from material things and comfort and to trust only in Jesus and what they have learned from Him. “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick nor sack nor food, nor money and let no one take a second tunic” (Lk 9:3).
As Christians, believers of our Lord Jesus Christ and heirs of the Kingdom through the sacrament of Baptism, we are equally called for a specific mission in life. We are missionaries and called by Jesus to sanctify the world in our own small, simple, unnoticed and unique way. Just like the apostles, we are commissioned to evangelize and become bearers of God’s kingdom to one another. We become bearers of Christ’s mission when we embrace our own crosses in life; being more understanding, loving, and instrument of healing and forgiveness to others. But to carry out this mission, it necessitates the grace from God when live a life always seeking His divine will, detached from inordinate desires in life and purified intentions through prayer, fasting and sacrifice.