26.01.10 THE MISSION

Posted under Reflections on January 25th, 2010 by

Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; 

and greet no one along the way. ( Lk 10,4)
Jesus sending out seventy (two) for a mission.
This is an added mission to the twelve who were sent earlier.
It is because the harvest is plenty.
But why these restrictions?
Why no money, no bag, no sandals etc?
Only when one enters the temple he is asked
to remove his sandals and not to carry any bag with him
and money has no purpose (value) in the temple.
One goes to the temple only to meet the Lord and 
to be with him. All the other material things are of 
no use in the temple.
So by making these restrictions Jesus is telling
his disciples that the mission they are undertaking is
as good as entering the temple. 
They should have no material intentions in their
ministry. Purely God centered.
Why does he say not to greet anyone on the way?
If you read 2Kings 4,29, the Prophet Elisha tells his servant thus: 
 "Gird your loins," Elisha said to Gehazi, "take my staff with you 
and be off; if you meet anyone, do not greet him,
 and if anyone greets you, do not answer. 
Lay my staff upon the boy."
He is asked not to greet anyone because he is on a 
life saving mission. There is no time to exchange pleasantries.
No distractions, no wasting of time.
So Jesus by sending the seventy on a mission says that
mission is like worship; it is divinely; no materialism involved.
It is also a life saving mission and hence no time to waste.

25.01.10 SAINT PAUL

Posted under Reflections on January 24th, 2010 by
He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel  to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons,  they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mk 16,15-18)
This passage gives us a very positive picture of the disciples and their life as missionaries.
But St. Paul gives us a different picture of what he received as a disciple. It was not an easy, working miracles and healing ministry.
It is enough to see the litany of sufferings that he underwent to bring the word of God to the people.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person.) I am still more, with far greater labours, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous brushes with death. Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked,  I passed a night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers  from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship,  through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things,  there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.
(2Cor 11, 23-28)
If Paul became a Christian, a disciple, a missionary for Mk 16, 15-18
then what he received was  2 Cor 11, 23-28.

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