Thursday 17 December 2015

Thursday of 4th week, uneven numbered year Jeudi de la 4e semaine, année impaire

“Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs.”

1 R.2,1..12 Ct.1 Ch.29,10… Mk.6,7-13

Thursday of 4th Week, even numbered year

“Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs, giving them authority over unclean spirits.”And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff-no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses.They were to wear sandals but, he added’ Don’t take a spare tunic."

Here we discover how Jesus accompanied each of the Twelve in this first mission, and through this Word, He is enlightening our way of being. The Apostle doesn’t go off by himself, each receives from the other a presence accompanying him, helping him to become aware of what he is going on in himself. In any case, there is a call for them to meditate upon what actions they took.

Jesus sends forth his apostles two by two, establishing a perspective of a new community. This new community takes its inspiration from the family of Nazareth, but even more so from the Father’ ’as my Father sent me, so do I send you.’

As Mary enveloped Jesus with her tenderness, she envelops each of her apostles sent by Jesus in an altogether maternal way. In her heart, and through faith, she brings about this new community which Jesus wants to establish. These Twelve who are poor are so different to the others. Jesus, who is gentle and humble of heart, had formed a special link with each of them. Let us accept little by little to have only these supports : the Word that is given to us, the aim we are looking for, to resemble more and more Christ Jesus, announcing the Good News as He did.

“He said to them again, ’If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away, shake off the dust as evidence to them.”

We can catch a glimpse of the role of the Consoler, the Holy Spirit, when the apostles have found a good welcome, and when charity and a new communion are set in their hearts. In order to edify a new community of Love it will be necessary to edify a new community of Love. Necessary too to establish new links between all those who have encountered each other.

The Holy Spirit, who nourishes these links ,will show when it is time to go elsewhere. In this new love ’Jesus gave power over evil spirits’ . In the Heart of Jesus there is such a wealth of Love that Jesus gives to each one to shine forth resplendently . They will be made manifest in his Body the Church. Jesus sends them out, two by two, into a community where they must first of all love one another. Jesus establishes them in a state of poverty, in this way they will be in a state of solidarity with the poor they will come to encounter. ’Take only a stick with you.’ to push away the snakes on the road. ’Neither bread nor bag, not even a spare tunic to change into’.

“So they set off to proclaim repentance ; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.”

Through this new way of living, God proposes a way in accordance with the way of God Himself. When this interior way is received, lived out in exchanges, this is capable of chasing away devils, which prevent life to circulate freely in bodies, minds and hearts. This new way of living given to us by Jesus gives room for a new art of living amongst human beings, one which is close to the Good News given to us from God, by God.

We today can also exert this power, by placing ourselves in and with the Risen Lord Jesus who sends us forth. We can receive this power from the whole of the practical attentions given, which, when they are respected according to the Holy Spirit, ensure the passage into inner life. For basically, this power is received from how we perceive Jesus’ mission he gives to us. We do in fact bring about the true meaning of our action, the one we are called to. It is necessary to incarnate charity wherever we go.

Jesus sends his apostles to go before him two by two so that by their love, Jesus’ mystery may be welcomed. They went off proclaiming that conversion as necessary. They chased devils away doing good around them.

We ask for the grace of being converted to the Risen Lord Jesus who has had us rise with Him.