Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus sent out the Twelve with the following instructions, “As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words -- go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment than for that town.”
Introductory Prayer: Lord, in your presence I break away from all the spiritual laziness and indifference that could deprives me of the fruit of this prayer which I need so much. I know my poverty, and see you as are immensely rich in all that I need. I am so slow to give, whereas you are prompt and total in your donation gifts to me. I offer you Bring this unruly heart of mine to a state of humility and faith, energetic and sacrificial in do all that you wish from of me today.
Petition: Lord, please grant me the grace to be a better apostle today than I was yesterday.
1. Go, Proclaim, Cure… Out: The command is to “Go.”. The Kingdom cannot be spread while sitting in from your an easy chair. You We cannot wait for the world that needs Christ to come to your door. Letting opportunities where you we can serve pass by under the pretext of, hoping someone else will take the initiative, is simply a “Nono” to Christ’s command. “Go” will often means sensitizing your heart and eyes to those who are hungry for Christ, seeing in the faces of your family members and co-workers a hunger for his power and grace, and not more of your control over them. In a this culture that is sick and waning, “Gogo” means reaching out to those who need to be impacted byknow Christ, in orderso that his Kingdom will find its most effective path of expansionexpand. I We cannot take the easy route of preaching to the choir but; we must reach out to those professions and fields of study that have lost all sense of direction concerning the dignity of the human person, – especially medicine, law, politics and education. This is what the King is asking; all that goes forward is simply. What is the response I am giving to my King.?
2. “Nobody Gives What He Doesn’t Possess Without Cost You Have Received; Without Cost You Must Give.”: Christ’s command is to give from what you we have received. If every day you we make yourself ourselves more aware of the gifts you we have been given through Christ’s power, you we will be better at giving Christ to others. As an apostles, I we go not with my our own power; rather, I we carry Christ’s power to heal, save and conquer evil. It is he who drives the mission, who makes the apostles a team. How often do I calculate what I can contribute to the mission just based only on the strength of my human qualities, ? How often do I give giving only from what is just me, rather than from the graces I have received from the Holy Spirit? Moreover, do I measure my effectiveness solely from a purelyn individual perspective, rather than from that of the whole body of the Church, in which other apostles are interlocked arm-in-arm with me for the cause of Christ? God’s saving power is found where obedience and unity is are,and not where only natural talents, gifts and abilities are at play.
3. If a House is Worthy…Failures and Disappointments: It is good to know that Christ affirms that when we reach an impasse in our lives, this is no sign, in and of itself, this is, in and of itself, no sign of the lack of the authenticity of our mission. The Its results are also tied to the free-will choices of others, as well as to a plan where seeming apparent barrenness is part of God’s economy of salvation. A period of few fruits in the mission can be for thea period of consolidation of your commitment to follow him in season and out of season. Take this time to repel all discouragement and doubt, and to prove how authentic your “Yesyes” is. A pure “Yesyes” will be one that seeks God’s will and the mission at hand simply because he wants it, and not for any easy or short- term results.
Conversation Dialogue with Christ: Jesus, from the furnace of divine love which burns in your heart, I wish to ignite my own zeal for your Kingdom from the furnace of divine love which burns in your heart. I offer you the promise of a soldier in combat: to be courageous, honorable, persevering, and worthy of the name I bear: – “Apostle of the Kingdom of Christ.”. I work aware of the fact that I only have only one life to live on this earth, and n. Not one minute must be wasted in comfort-seeking and selfishness. My heart is ready for the mission, Lord; please sustain it today with the strength of your own.
Resolution: Today I will review today my daily and weekly time commitments before Christ, and I will ensure that I am using my time as fruitfully as I can to expand his Kingdom in the world.
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