Mass Reading & Meditation for February 7, 2013
Meditation: Mark 6:7-13
4th Week in Ordinary Time
“Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out.” (Mark 6:7)
Up till now in Mark’s Gospel, the disciples have been spectators. They have followed Jesus around Galilee, watching him work miracles, cast out demons, and preach the good news. They have seen him heal a paralyzed man who was let down through the roof, deliver a demoniac from Gerasa, and calm a storm on Lake Genessaret. It must have been exciting to have front-row seats to such wonders. But now it was time for something more.
Jesus didn’t want his apostles to be quiet observers. He wanted them to be active participants. So he sent them out into situations where they would have to trust God to provide for their needs and work miracles through them. He gave them authority and wanted them to use it. This mission marks a real shift in the way Jesus was forming his disciples. It showed, too, that he was expecting more than passive faith from them.
How would you describe your Christian life? Are you an observer? Is your focus limited to receiving from God: consolation, forgiveness, guidance? Or do you also embrace your calling to glorify God in your words and actions? Think of how much you have already received from him. Maybe it’s time to increase your steps of faith as you minister to other people. Every day, God gives you opportunities to do the works of the kingdom, just as the Twelve did. Try to be on the lookout for them when they pop up.
In his Apostolic Letter announcing this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI encourages all of us to focus on faith: not just receiving instruction and learning the truths of our faith but actively responding to what we already know and believe. During this grace-filled year, now is the time to move toward a more active faith. Now is the time to take all that the Lord has given you, all that you have received, and give it away to everyone else. Jesus is looking for workers in his vineyard. Will you be one of those he sends out to reap the harvest? Will you answer, “Here I am, Lord, send me”?
“Lord, I am ready. You have given me so much! Help me to give to others both in my words and my works. Let me show you my love as I do the work of your kingdom!”
Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24; Psalm 48:2-4, 9-11