15 Sunday of the year – Gospel Reflection

 Gospel: Mk 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.

CALLED BY GOD FOR HIS PURPOSE: The dialogue between Amos and the royal priest; Amaziah shows how distasteful servants of God are to those who perceive themselves as well up in the society. The answer by Amos is very blatant and shows that he had chosen to obey God without fear of the powers that be. We are reminded by Saint Paul that in Christ, God called and chose us for a purpose as well and therefore whatever we find ourselves doing we should do it for His glory. In the Gospel, Jesus sends his disciples and warns them of the danger ahead but comforts them with the assurance of His presence. They are not going to do their own business but to represent Christ who had given them power, authority and clear instructions.

PRAYER: We pray for the grace to cherish our call and strive by the help of God’s grace to become faithful disciples of Christ.