Sent Out

July 7, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them (Mark 10:6)

SENT OUT: Getting all of us to do God’s work is a daunting task. I wonder sometimes why God didn’t just “program” all human beings to do His will. Why did He add free will to the mix and make things more difficult? My guess is that He wanted us to commit on our own and take ownership of the work that needed to be done. No worker works harder than one who has buy in.

Mark’s Gospel tells the story of the “sending out” of 12 apostles. These were 12 men who had bought in and could now do the work of Jesus – bringing a message of love and repentance to those who had not yet been exposed, healing the sick, and caring for the poor.

This type of work is ongoing – it will never be ‘finished.’ Today Jesus sends us out as well. We have had the benefit of hearing His message and we know what needs to be done. Our creed states: “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

If we truly believe these words we pray at Mass each Sunday (or else why would we say them?), then we accept that we are apostles, and accept the responsibility of being sent out to do God’s work.

If we all accept this responsibility, nothing is impossible.

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