Posted by: livingscripture | February 5, 2015

Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them two by two.  He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, so 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 WordJesus and disciples 2

Wealth, social prestige, power, great or little as it may be, are temptations and wounds for the Church destined to proclaim the Word and to the mission.  Whatever our poverty, it is always as people poor and free from the world and from ourselves that the Lord sends us in mission to our sisters and brothers to announce His Word, the only treasure that counts!We all have the experience of taking a long trip.  Before leaving, we try to think of all we may need, perhaps using a list to check off of the most necessary things and we check our luggage before closing it.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus also makes a list but it is a list of the things His disciples are to leave behind because they can do without them.  It is important for the disciples to travel light and only carry what is necessary in order to bring and announce the Word.  They are denied any material security, any baggage of wealth to burden the journey, but only trustful abandonment to the Word.  The Word is their only treasure and that is enough!

The Gospel passage has a constant in Jesus’ words – radical trust in the Word.  He wants His disciples to understand that the Gospel and conversion are not a doctrine for propaganda, nor a product to sell using mechanisms of money and power.  The only power of the missionary is the Word.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on what may be loading me down as I seek to proclaim the Word.  I will ask Jesus to help me rid myself of all that is unnecessary in my life.

Lord, make me free for You! 

The Voice of St. Francis of Assisi 

Francis, hearing that Christ’s disciples  must possess neither gold or silver, sack or money, or walking stick along the way, immediately exalted in the Holy Spirit, and exclaimed, “This I want.  This I ask.  This I long to do with all my heart”.

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