Every Christian’s Mission

Luke 9: 1-6
Prov 30: 5-9 / Psa 119

He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
(Luke 9:1-2)

Proclaim the Gospel everywhere;
This is Christ’s mandate in our lives.
For gold or tunic take no spare,
In all our needs God will provide.

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere. (Luke 9:1-6)

Reflection

A divine mandate had been given to the apostles, with both the authority and the power necessary to carry out their mission. And that mandate lives on to the present time in the hearts of all Christians who profess to follow Jesus. Our faith dictates that we must spread the Gospel because of love. But there are times when we must also hate – that which is contrary to the Gospel values of Jesus Christ. To hate means to avoid those people and places where the teachings of our Lord are made a mockery of. Today’s responsorial Psalm says, “Remove from me the way of falsehood, and favor me with Your law. The law of Your mouth is to me more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” (Psalm 119:29,72) This is the prayer that every believer and disciple of Christ should meditate on.

In one of the noon masses that we attended, the celebrant gave a homily about declaring one’s faith. He said, “Many Christian men say that their faith is a personal thing between them and their Creator and not a public matter. They are wrong. Once we have established a personal relationship with Jesus, it is our duty to bring His Good News to others.” As last Monday’s Gospel declared, “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.” (Lk.8:16) Our Lord did not come down to earth to establish a personal brotherhood to the exclusion of gentiles and non-believers. It is our mandate to acknowledge Jesus before others and to spread His Gospel values if we seek to be acknowledged before His Heavenly Father. (Mt.10:32)

In our mission to declare our faith, our Lord reminds us in today’s Gospel that we do not have to be concerned about what we may need along the way because God always provides for all our necessities. Only one thing is needed — to be well versed in God’s Word, the Good News of our salvation, which most of humanity are taking for granted.

I believe that when we signed on as full-fledged members of our brotherhood, the Great Commission became our primary goal in life. Each of us is sent to save as many souls as we can by sharing the Good News of the Gospel. We have Christ’s promise that He will be with us as we carry out this mission. For sure the task would be daunting if we rely merely on our own abilities or resources, but with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and power, no mission is impossible.

Your Word, O Lord, endures forever; it is firm as the heavens. Through Your precepts I gain discernment; (Psa 119:89,104) let me not falter in proclaiming Your kingdom. Amen.

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