Jesus calls by name the Twelve Apostles from the disciples who followed him. Chosen by him, they have work to do…reminding us today that the Lord continues to call people to carry on the Lord’s saving work through the mission of the Church.
As we celebrate Mary’s birth, we recall that she herself was part of a vast extended family. As she brought Jesus into the world, she offers us an example – that we might continue to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to those in our lives.
Jesus sends out the Twelve Apostles to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Their message is accompanied by powerful works of healing as they trust in the Lord for grace and strength. May we do the same in our lives today.
The Gospel of Luke recounts how Jesus sent out 72 disciples. Note these features:
There is great need (The harvest is rich, the laborers are few…”)
They go out in pairs – to support each other
They come with peaceful hearts
They travel simply, trusting in the providence of God
They cure the sick
They proclaim the Kingdom of God
And they are successful! They return to Jesus, rejoicing that even demons are cast out by the power of the Lord’s name.
What a powerful reminder that we, too, are sent by the Lord. God calls us, empowers us, and directs our lives to bring faith, hope and love to those who cross our path. Let’s apply the Gospel reading then accordingly:
There is great need – among the people we know and love
We can work together: family, friends, as a parish or community
The Peace of Jesus Christ guides our words and actions
We focus more on people, less on material things
We seek to promote healing at all times
We proclaim the Good News of Christ
Christ sent out his disciples with great success, and he continues to call forth disciples today to continue his saving work. May we respond with open hearts as we make a difference among the people God places before us.