1.Amos 7:12-15
2.Ephesians 1:3-14
3.Mark 6:7-13

In our daily lives, most of us especially workers and students we involve ourselves in going for holidays. An important experience of a holiday is leaving the familiar, the place we usually live and work, and heading off to a different place of different environment set up. Moreover, there is always something exciting about setting out on such a journey. There are is always other journeys in life that are not of our choosing in quite that way. These are journeys we make because of circumstances, because at some level of our vocation we feel called that we must make them. Something within us moves us to certain path, to head out in a certain direction. However, we may have all kinds of hesitations and reservations about the journey simply because of difficulties a head of journey set before us, nonetheless, we know we have to set out on this path, if we are to be true to ourselves. Yes, we choose to make such a journey, but it is a choice in response to what seems like a call from beyond ourselves or from deep within ourselves.

Such a journey is put before us in today’s first reading. Amos, according to himself, was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamore trees in the southern kingdom of Judah. Yet, at a certain moment in his life, he felt under compulsion to make a difficult journey into the Northern kingdom of Israel in order to preach the word of God there. It was unpleasant journey for Amos to make, and Amos was well aware that it would be no holiday. Yet, he also knew that this was a journey he simply had to make. He spoke of this compulsion in terms of God’s call: ‘The Lord.... took me from herding the flock and said...said “Go”.’ Amos went because he had a strong sense that he was being sent for a mission. Similarly, in the gospel, the disciples set out on a journey because they are sent on that journey by Jesus. They set out freely, but in response to a call, a sending.

The experience of Amos and the disciples can be our experience too, setting out on a journey not completely our choosing (the call to religious and priestly formation). The second reading suggests the mystery of God’s purpose for our lives. It says that God wants us to live in a certain way, to live our life’s journey as Jesus did. As we tend to set out our journeys, we always need to allow God to guide and protect us in our journeys we set before. The journey set before us is the journey we are constantly remaking. Throughout our lives we keep on setting out on the journey God is calling us to take; thus it is an invitation to keep on calling God to have his way in our lives, saying with our Mother Mary, ‘ Let it be done according to your word.’
If we keep choosing the journey that God has chosen for us in Christ, responding to God’s call, this will impact on the many smaller journeys we take in life. It will influence our holidays for example. We will choose to holiday in ways that are genuinely recreational, that help re-create the image of Christ in us. We will relax in ways that are life-giving for ourselves and for others, in ways that help us to become more fully the person God wants us to be.
We hear Jesus telling his disciples from the gospel reading to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts, ( Mt 6:8). Jesus commanded his disciples to do so because the spirit of poverty frees each one of us from greed and preoccupation. With the spirit of possession thus there is no room for God. The Lord Jesus wants his disciples to depend on the providence of God instead of depending on them.

From our gospel reading today, we get a message that mission is at the heart of the Church. The mission of the church is not a private affair business, but rather, it is the shared ministry. The mission of Christ calls active collaboration from all the baptized members of Christ’s family. Christ in sending his disciples into mission two by two gives an indication that his mission he had already established here on earth is not a private affair mission; rather, it is the mission that has to involve each one of us. Collaborative ministry in our church today should be pastorally encouraged. The disciples by acting in Jesus’ authority gives us an impression that they have to say and act in accordance with what Jesus said and did. The mission of Jesus should be done in the spirit of service and humility. The mission of Jesus is not a self gratification and should not be done in an arrogant manner, but it should be done in humble spirit of serving one another.

The mission of Christ aims at the total person; in the gospel Jesus sends out his disciples not only with the call to repent, to convert people but to heal them from sickness and all powers of evil. The human person is to be saved in the concrete realities of his/her existence. This means that a human person has to be treated in all his/her dimensions of life, a human person should be treated socially, physically, and spiritually. We can cure others by our love, encouragement, affirmation, forgiveness, acceptance of their failures etc. In our times we are invited to cast devils of fear, anxiety, worry, guilt by our ways of life we display to our brothers and sisters being victims of mentioned emotions above.

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