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(Part 91)


January 19, 2018

Today’s gospel:  Mark 3:13-19

The Twelve were called to mission by Jesus. In the reading today we see some principles of mission.

“He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.” (v.13). Jesus summons those whom he wants. Those whom he calls are chosen. The initiative for mission comes from Jesus. When we feel the urge to go do something for God, that is Jesus already summoning us. So what we are to do is God’s work.

“He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons” (v.14-15). When called, the first thing to do is to be with Jesus. We need to know the Master. We need to take on his mind and heart. We need to be trained by him. We need to be guided by his words and sustained by his grace. We are to become fitting instruments for his great work.

Then Jesus is able to send us forth. We are not just to remain in the comforting company of Jesus, but to go into the world and do his mission. We are apostles, that is, those who are sent. What are we to do on mission? We preach. We proclaim Christ and the gospel. We evangelize.

When we do go forth on mission and proclaim Christ, we automatically engage the enemy, who has dominion over the world. He is a powerful enemy. But he has already been defeated by Jesus, with his head crushed at Calvary. Our task is to take territory that he holds. Thus Jesus gives us his very own authority, which enables us to drive out demons.

We are called to be apostles, to do evangelization and mission throughout the world. This is a task of utmost importance. It is recovering the world for Christ, to whom rightly belongs dominion. It is a great privilege to be called, and to be depended on by Jesus himself to continue with his work.

Be in awe and respond with zeal. And be careful, as the enemy can still bring us down. One of the twelve was “Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.” (v.19). Betray not your calling.

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