Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday July 15, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 6:7-13

Gospel:
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.
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My Reflections:
Part of the growing-up experience of a child is to be summoned and instructed by his parents to do this and that. Then as the child enters school the teacher will once again summon and give instructions to the child.

The child will now become an adult and will be through with his college studies perhaps he will tell himself: At long last! I am through from being summoned and being instructed, but not yet. There shall be a very powerful voice that will perpetually summon, tell and guide him on how we must properly live his life.

This very powerful voice is no other than the voice of Jesus who speaks to us thru the church. The voice of Jesus who speaks to us thru the voice of a Godly relative or friend. And the voice of Jesus who will speak to us the moment we read the bible with reverence.  If we will listen to this powerful voice of Jesus we would be assured of a worthy life in this world.

In our gospel the apostles were summoned, given authority and instructed by Jesus after which He sent them to their mission two by two. These were the instructions of Jesus: “Take nothing for the journey but a walking stick-- no food, no sack, no money, wear sandals, 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."

The apostles faithfully followed these instructions from Jesus that’s why they were very successful with their given mission. One of the countless concrete evidence of their success is the faith that we have right now. We partly attribute the Catholic faith that we hold-on today to their faithful discipleship to Jesus. They responded to the voice of Jesus and faithfully followed His instructions.

This is what will happen to us also we will achieve fulfilment in our life (perhaps not material fulfilment it’s passing and temporary anyway). Once we faithfully respond to the many summons and instructions of Jesus who powerfully speaks to us up to this very moment.

If today you hear His voice harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 3:15)  

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