Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

February 6, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast: Saint Paul Miki (1562-1597) and Companions, Martyrs- Patron Saint of Japan

1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-2

Psalm (Chronicles) 29:10, 11-AB, 11-D, 12-A

Mark 6:7-13

There is a story of an elderly man who, upon his retirement, would visit a local hospital and read Gospel passages to patients.  The man preformed this act of charity for several years but began to notice that his vision was failing.  After visiting several eye specialists he was told that he was going blind.  After hearing the news he stopped visiting the hospital.  Several months later the man, now completely blind, was led back into the hospital by a young boy.  The staff was delighted to see him and asked why he had been away for so long.  The man said that he spent the time away by memorizing the Gospel while he could still see.  He then came back so he could continue to teach God’s Holy Word to the patients in the hospital.

Today’s Gospel narrative is “The Mission of the Twelve.”  Jesus sent His twelve apostles out in pairs to teach in the nearby villages.  Why in pairs?  The answer is “credibility.”  In Judaism, there is a need for two witnesses to attest to the truth of a deed that is performed.  Jesus gave the twelve the authority to cast out evil spirits, to heal and to preach the Holy Word of God.  He commands them to take nothing for their journey except a staff.  They were to take no bread, no bag, and no money in their belts.  Today’s missionaries fly in jet aircrafts, drive cars, stay in hotels and eat in restaurants.  They are equipped with more than just a staff and a pair of sandals.  They use modern facilities and means to communicate such as cell phones, the Internet, T.V., and so forth.  Most missionaries are supported by a missionary congregation and its resources.

Why then does Jesus “command” the apostles not to take even a few coins to buy food or find shelter?  He is teaching them, and us, the spirit of mission, which is one of witness or the essence of having abandoned everything in order to be a living disciple of Christ in the world.    

Today’s Gospel, as well as the story of the elderly man, is to remind us that all of us are sent by God for a mission.  The mission area could be our work place, our home, our neighborhood, or even when we take a vacation. 

An unknown preacher once said, “Today nine of every ten people in the world are lost.  Of these nine, six of ten have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel.  Of these six, three of ten have no one near them to tell them about Christ.”

Question of the Day:  How do you overcome obstacles that keep you from sharing the Gospel?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, grant that I may bring You to all people by the way I live my life.  Help me bring your Holy Word to others so that they may understand that You are the pathway to the Father.

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