Posted by: livingscripture | February 4, 2010

Fourth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 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.

                                            Mark 6: 7-9

 How should we live this Word

 The Lord sends out His own to bring the Good News of the Gospel, the treasure for real life that is one of deep peace in God.  Jesus’ style even here is opposed to a worldly mentality.  It is under the sign of interior freedom, and even of serene ‘thoughtlessness’.  If we are to take a trip or be away from home for a long while, we make a list of all that we think we will need.  Jesus does just the opposite.  He lists all the things we can do without, not two bags or two sticks, no food provisions, no money, only one pair of sandals, not a spare tunic.

 If we read this passage in depth and concretely, we can say that Jesus is suggesting the way to get rid of the chain of needs.  We have but to think of how the economic interests of our times induce ‘needs’ in this society of avid consumption, to grasp the joyful message that today’s Gospel offers us.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will make a little interior revision.  Am I a free person?  Or rather, am I conditioned by the many, too many needs that enslave me?  With Jesus’ help, I will embark on an itinerary of simplification and moderation in my food, my clothing, the use of things and of money.

 Lord Jesus, grant me a heart that is simple and poor, that I may seek You and love You freely along the roads of time.

 The voice of Michel Schooyans, Philosopher

 Precisely with our body, we are not only open to freedom, but called to freedom.  Therefore we cannot build our future on letting ourselves be dragged by our elemental pulsations in obedience to the fabrication of needs.  Only by dominating them can we open a space for the hope that tomorrow will be better for everyone.

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