Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus shares his own divine authority with the apostles – the power to drive out unclean spirits and cure every illness. Jesus empowers the disciples to go forth and take up the job of proclaiming love and hope. That’s one heck of a job description full of other duties as assigned!
Two thousand years later, the new Universal Apolostalic Preferences of the Society of Jesus authorizes us “to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, and those whose dignity has been violated.” God has given us amazing powers for healing, and God calls us to go into the world and do amazing things.
So I ask you, Jesus’ 21st century apostles….
Imagine a place where you see illness, poverty, loss of dignity, or people cast out.
Where do you feel called to heal?
Pray for the grace to respond and proclaim the hope in Christ.
Heaven is already at hand.
—Jen LaMaster is an Assistant Principal at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, IN.
Thank you for this beautiful world full of opportunity.
Please give me ears to hear the cry of the poor denied the riches I take for granted.
Grant me your healing grace as I respond in my awkward, very human way.
Thank you for companionship of friends and family who hold me in their love.
Please give me the words to stand up for those cast out and alone.
Grant me your strength to speak with the power of your hope that all are wanted and worthy.
Thank you for my abundant security of my health and faith.
Please give me the eyes to see where dignity is lost, where your beloved souls are violated in body and spirit.
Grant me your wisdom as I struggle to act with generosity and open arms to welcome the wounded and walk alongside them.
—Jen LaMasterPlease share the Good Word with your friends!