Prayer, Community & Mission

Luke 6: 12-19
1 Cor 6:1-11 / Psa 149

Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all.
(Luke 6:19)

We learned the power of prayer
And the love of community;
But the purpose of our Maker
Was revealed in our ministry.

In those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. (Luke 6: 12-19)

Reflection

Prayer, as Jesus has taught us, is the most important thing that we can relate with in our life in the renewal. Our Lord spent the whole night in prayer to the Father, and when He finished, divine power was coming out of Him healing all kinds of disease. Many of us have experienced God’s healing touch through the intercession of friends and relatives in their prayers. Barely a week ago, in one Gospel reflection, I took the opportunity of requesting for your prayers on behalf of my mother-in-law who suffered a brain hemorrhage. She was rushed to the ICU of a hospital in San Pablo, Laguna, and my wife Ollie and I started a “prayer brigade” for her healing and quick recovery. Sure enough, after only a few days, Mama Edna’s condition improved, and she was miraculously spared from any paralysis or nerve disorder. Thanks be to God, and to your prayers, she has checked out of the hospital to recover at home.

The second important lesson that we read in today’s Gospel is about community. Our Lord needed to establish His own community to carry out His mission. Out of the hundreds of disciples who followed Him to learn and believe, He chose twelve whom He commissioned as His apostles. Jesus shows us that we can never be as effective in carrying out our calling or vocation in life unless we belong to a community. All of us in the renewal agree that there is no substitute to our brotherhood. It is our support group, our prayer intercessors, our ‘critical mass’ needed to make an impact in the marketplace. Alone in the meadow, a solitary tree is vulnerable to strong winds, but in the forest, a tree can grow straight, tall and strong. Such is the value of our spiritual community.

With prayers and a loving community, we can now boldly face the third aspect of our renewal: our ministry. This is the true purpose of being in the renewal: to fight the good fight for Christ, to win the battle for souls. In meditation we are empowered, and in numbers we have the confidence and strength to fulfill our mission. On this we have no reason to doubt or fear. Jesus has shown us all these lessons today.

Father God, we thank You for giving us our community, and empowering us each time we come to You for strength and guidance. May we live up to Your great love by seeking out others who are still searching for Your Light, and bringing them to Your Beloved Son, Jesus, Who has shown us the Way. Amen.

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