Thursday, February 4, 2016

Reflection: Mark 6:7-13

Thursday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 6:7-13
Today Jesus sends His disciples out to preach, teach, and heal.  Jesus was wise.  Jesus knew that since they were beginning preachers they would need support.  He also realized that the disciples would be more effective if they had companions in this ministry.  Thus, He sent them out in pairs.

Jesus instructed the disciples to take nothing with them on their journey: no food, no extra clothing, no money.  This meant that His disciples would have to depend on the generosity of the people to meet their needs.  I wonder how Jesus’ disciples reacted to His instructions.  Were they tempted to carry some food or a change of clothing along with them or did they trust that God and generous people would provide for them?
The disciples left and began preaching.  Amazingly, they were able to work miracles!  They drove out demons and cured people who were seriously ill.  Imagine what was it like for these disciples to have the ability to perform healings and miracles, to preach and to teach.  These men were not learned.  They were simple fishermen and workers, yet Jesus empowered them to bring healing and give spiritual food to others.

Today Jesus also calls us to preach and teach.  We are His disciples in our world.  Jesus calls us to reach out and touch others with our love, care, and concern.  In a world in which most everyone is too busy to slow down, we can give the gift of our interest, time, and support.  This may not sound like much of a gift, but a few minutes of being present to another person may be the most precious gift he or she will receive today.

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