Friday, January 22, 2016

Reflection: Mark 3:13-19

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 3:13-19

In this Gospel reading, Jesus goes up the mountain and summons his disciples.  When they had gathered together, Jesus appointed the Twelve and named them Apostles.  He called these disciples to follow him.  Then he sent them forth to preach the Good News. He gave them the authority to drive out demons. 

Today Jesus summons us to be his disciples.  He also sends us forth to preach the Good News.  He gives us the authority to drive out demons and evil spirits.  We are to carry out his mission in our day and age.  Are we willing to leave our comfort zone and follow Jesus?  Most likely we will not have to move to another city.  Jesus wants us to spread his Good News with those around us: our family, friends, and coworkers as well as strangers we may encounter.

The gift is that we can spread the Good News with our words, our deeds and our concern!  Love and care for another has the power to drive out demons and unclean spirits.  Today we can share Jesus’ message of love, care and compassion.  Jesus will walk with us and empower us.  Act as Jesus would act. We may give an individual we encounter a great gift. 

1 comment:

  1. When Jesus embarked on his mission he chose twelve men for the task of preaching the kingdom of God and healing the sick in the power of that kingdom. In the choice of the twelve, we see a characteristic feature of God's work: Jesus chose very ordinary people. They were non-professionals, who had no wealth or position. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted ordinary people who could take an assignment and do it extraordinarily well. He chose these men, not for what they were, but for what they would be capable of becoming under his direction and power.