Gospel Mark 6:7-13
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.
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.
+Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed and in our souls, take up your rest. Amen
The Lord Jesus sent them out, two by two. When He called them (summoned them) he instructed them , he equipped them and then, he sent them out. To do what? To go on mission. This task, this 'mission', has its 'fullness' of time. In other words, there is 'timing' in doing God's will, there is timing in our mission, and Jesus initiates when that time is, the question is, will we be ready? Will we respond with a yes to Jesus? We need to acquire a listening heart, that adheres to His voice daily, only then will we be clear when he is asking for more. A wonderful examination of conscience would be the following: from Fr. Armand Nigro S.J. It is bit long to post here but here you go! It's worth your time to pray this examen and allow yourself to see if you are indeed 'with the Lord' listening to His voice in your daily life. Remember, Jesus voice in your heart will fill you with peace, even when He challenges you. Peace will be a true sign of His presence.
1.) Relax in the Presence of God, be aware of His loving presence in and all around you.
2.) Thank Him for everything He has loved into your life since yesterday.
3.) Beg to be given "the mind and heart of Christ" to see reality as Jesus sees it.
4.) Reflect prayerfully over your day; go through the day with the Lord, checking the "we" (what you and Jesus experienced together) against the "I" (you alone). Jesus lives in us so we can say as St. Paul writes "I live not myself alone but Christ lives in me." This means that in reality your life is a "we" (you and He) not just an "I". See everything about which you can say "we", for example, we drove to work, we sat outside together, we spent time visiting people etc. Then see what you cannot say "we" did together, such as "I" got angry at the children, "I" rashly judged someone etc. God sensitizes us to the ways in which He touches us and is present to us all during the day. In other words, He enables us to "discern" or diagnose His touch from all the other movements and urges in our lives.
5.) Renew in love your sorrow for ever disappointing or offending our Father and say to Him: "God my Father, I offer Jesus, Your Son, to You who lives in me (and with Him) I offer to you myself to please and praise You, to love and thank you, to expiate for my and everyone's sins, to purify the good we do badly, and to make up for the good we should have done but failed to do. (If we let Jesus redeem our day and our whole lives in this way, He will)
6.) Accept an invitation from our Lord, to spend time alone with Him in prayer tomorrow.
7.) End by praying the Our Father slowly. If you stick to this prayer for 5 minutes daily, you will experience growth in sensitivity to God's Presence and be more responsive to what He daily calls us to do.
Prayer: Jesus, silent in my soul, I love you, speak to my heart Lord. Amen.