Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85:9-14; Ephesus 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13
Holy Spirit please help all of us. Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and increase your presence within us, cleanse us of all stain (our sins) and save us, O gracious Lord.
St. Paul, in the second reading this week, reminds us how special and chosen we are, beloved by our God. As we claim this special love as his gift to us, we, like Amos in the first reading and the apostles in the Gospel, received a mission to go forth to announce the Good News of God’s love and salvation for all people. We are not to prepare much or worry about provisions. God will provide.
We too have this commission as baptized disciples (followers) of Jesus. With all the difficult things around us we are not to fear. It is not that we have to be successful in this work. We are called to be faithful to Jesus. Some will not accept God’s good news. However, we must continue to announce by word and our good deeds God’s love for all people.
How do we prepare? We must pray much more especially for our country. Please try to attend Mass more frequently. Pray the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy begging for God’s mercy to be poured out. And perhaps do some fasting from some things that we like to eat but don’t really need. Try to spend at least half an hour in daily prayer, pleading, begging, imploring Jesus to pour out more of his merciful love on all in our country. Please don’t wait until tomorrow or for someone else to pray.
Over many years Mary has been pleading with us in Medjugorje, to pray, pray, pray. She is always interceding for us yet she begs us, as our mother in heaven, to do our part and pray with her. Sometimes with her we weep and agonize over so many that had turned away from her Son. She has said that prayer can stop wars. We are in such a war in our country. Please pray and share Jesus with others. Thank you for responding to our Mother’s call.
Have a blessed week,
+ Fr. Bob Hilz
(© Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR)