February 3, Thursday, 4th Week of Ordinary Time
St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr/St. Ansgar, Bishop
Daily Readings: 1 Kings 2: 1-4, 10-12, 1 Chronicles 29: 10-12, Mark 6: 7-13
Jesus commissioned His disciples to exercise authority over unclean spirits in the Gospel. It was said that they should leave whenever people do not listen to them. And it was God who stated that a person who attends is a person who loves. Even when we are at our lowest, God always listens to us. All we need to do is entrust him with our concerns. If an unseen God is constantly listening to us, what should we do for those we see who wish to have their voices heard?
As the disciples are sent on their mission, they are instructed to stay in the same house that hosts them as guests upon their initial arrival in a town. They must consume whatever is placed before them and never demand special treatment from their hosts. This prevented the disciples from seeking personal comfort or insulting their host by requesting items they could not afford.
Disciples went, worked, and successfully returned. They were not deprived of material possessions; all their needs were met. A missionary's wealth is not in their bank account but in their complete surrender to God and unwavering trust in him who sends.
When John Bosco was in desperate need of money, a stranger came to speak with him. "Are you in need of money?" the stranger inquired of the saint. "Yes," or "What are your plans?" "I'm going to pray to God." However, if you require it immediately, I will provide it. If you have any doubts about God's care provision, visit the parlor. When the stranger arrived to verify the Saint's claim, he discovered a man waiting with the money the Saint required. Money and material possessions will only divert people and disciples away from God.
Be anxiety-free. Allow yourself to be happier in life. What are your thoughts if you're assigned to work in a remote location without access to suitable materials? Is your life built on God's love or earthly resources? How do you interpret the context of this Gospel for your own life?
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