In our Gospel reading today, (Mark 6: 7-13) Jesus summons the twelve and sends them out on mission “two by two” and gave them authority over “unclean spirits”. We too are sent out after each Mass, into the world, to be missionaries for Christ and follow the two precepts of charity: love God and love of neighbor. We too have authority over “unclean spirits” and we too can heal the sick. All of this is done through faithful acts of love as children of God.
Jesus sends his apostles out to preach repentance, drive out demons, and cure the sick. Interestingly, apostle means: ‘one sent forth,’ an envoy, missionary according to biblestudytools.com. The apostles had much authority and we certainly look at that authority and wonder how we could possibly compare our deeds to the deeds of the apostles. When doubting our abilities we should remember what Jesus says in John 14:12, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these…” So, when you doubt yourself, go into the privacy of your bedroom, take a superhero stance, and realize that you too have great power. Authors note: make sure you leave your superhero cape safely tucked away in your closet before going out in public.
I know, if I were sitting in my RCIA class from last year they would say, “Great power”?!? How is that possible? Then, loving harassment would ensue before the answer would bubble to the surface. Love! Love is what gives us the power to cast out unclean spirits, turn around bad attitudes, heal the sick, comfort those who mourn, and make straight the way of the Lord. Love, the omnipresent balm of God’s love makes all things new. Love, the never failing solution to impossible situations, (see 1 Corinthians 13). Love does all these things and more. And when we love, with the love of Jesus, we do as Amos was charged to do in the first reading. We do as the apostles are sent out to do in the gospel reading. Maybe we don’t travel to far off lands, work miracles of making the crippled walk but there are little miracles we perform each day when we open our hearts to God’s love. Maybe we calm the frenzied mother of three screaming children thus making her time at home with them less stressed and more peaceful. Maybe our smile lifts the heart of someone who just received a cancer diagnosis or lost a loved one. Little miracles happen each day and we often do not see how the simple things we do ripple out and touch the lives of many who are in need.
It is His love which compels us forward as we venture outside our homes, our comfort zones to love “two by two”. Because the two precepts of love: loving God and our neighbor, keep us focused and on the right path, if we continually ook to God alone for our help and our nourishment. We are missionaries of Christ. We are His children, who are never alone because He is with us “until the end of the age” (MT 28:20) and loves us “with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).