Wednesday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

THE GOD WHO SENDS
Rev.Fr. Nelson Orqueta

 

*  Today’s gospel talks about how Jesus “summoned the Twelve”

            and “sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God.”

             By virtue of our baptism, the Lord has summoned us

                        and has sent us as his mission partners.

             He is sending each of us to make others feel his loving presence…

                        to be a channel of his blessings and a conduit of his love…

                        to be a messenger of the Good News of salvation…

                        to help others experience his goodness and generosity.

*  Are you ready to be sent and perform the mission of building

            the kingdom of God wherever you may be?

             God is sending you to your family to remind them

                        “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,

                                    and all these things will be given to you besides.”

             God is sending you to your neighborhood and help make it

                        a community of disciples that is in union with Christ,

                        rooted in the Word of God and the Eucharist,

                        in communion with one another, in the spirit

                        of fellowship and sharing, and in mission,

                        serving others and working for social transformation.

*  “Take nothing for the journey…”

             The simple and clear message is: trust in the divine providence.

             Take note: God will provide what we need for the mission,

                        and not what we want for our convenience and comfort.

*  The Lord Jesus is reminding us that we are to be free from non-essentials

            and get down to the business of building the kingdom of God –

            and not of building our own empire of wealth, power and prestige.

            à We must live unencumbered lives, not caught up with worldly things –

                        money, possessions, privileges, luxuries, pleasures.

*  We have to periodically examine our hearts and our possessions

            to see what excess baggage we have accumulated or stockpiled,

            and to find out whether our hearts are still unencumbered and free.

             May we not be so absorbed with our personal ambition,

                        so much so that we lose focus on our noble mission.

             May we not be so preoccupied with material things,

                        so much so that we set aside the more important things in life.

             May we not be so greedy trying to get talent fees for ourselves,

                        so much so that we fail to use our God-given talents

                        in generously and sacrificially serving our community.

*  If we are to be effective apostles of the Kingdom,

            if we are to be faithful mission partners of Christ,

            we have to learn to let go – let go and let God.

             We have to put our trust in a provident God and not in things.

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