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The sending of the Twelve Apostles

Wednesday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Ezra 9:5-9 & Luke 9:1-6

Reflection Date: September 22, 2021

Today's Gospel (Luke 9: 1 – 6) portrays the mission, which the Twelve Apostles received from Jesus. Later, Luke will speak about the mission of the seventy-two disciples (Luke 10: 1-12). These passages complete one another and reveal the mission of the Church.

Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases. He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal. In calling the twelve, Jesus deepens the announcement of the Good News. The purpose of the mission was simple and clear: they receive the power and authority to cast out devils, cure the sick, and announce the Kingdom of God.

Jesus sends them out with a lot of advice. When we read this advice, it may seem strange, but they have an important significance and message: Jesus invites His Apostles to trust in Divine Providence.

They go and carry forward the ministry of Jesus: Preaching, healing, and spreading of the Kingdom of God.

Like the Apostles, after the Eucharistic celebration, we too are sent ("Ite, missa est - Go, the mass is ended") on a Mission to preach, heal, and spread the Kingdom of God through our words, deeds and actions.

Moreover, at the conclusion of the liturgy, we are sent out to make Christ really present to one another, our families, our communities, and the whole world. That is what it means to be a Eucharistic person.

Joseph Cardozo SJ | Contributor


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