Co-Missionaries of the Lord

Wednesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time/ July 7, 2021

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Gospel: Matthew 10:1-7

Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus summoned His Twelve apostles and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.  He then sent them out after instructing them to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Since Jesus knew that the Harvest is abundant but the workers are few, He personally chose His Twelve apostles and gave them His authority, that is the authority to cure diseases and to drive out demons. This authority gives the apostles a share in Jesus’ missionary works. Moreover, this authority also gives them an understanding how the Lord works in His vineyard, that He never works alone.  

For us today, we have given the same authority by the Lord. The authority to forgive sins, to heal others, to cure diseases and some of us even to drive out demons. This made us share also in Jesus’ mission. By the apostolic succession, and down to the clergy today, Jesus gave the same authority. This is the reason why we also come to the sacraments of healing, because we believe Christ power working towards His lowly priests. In this way Christ continue His missionary works here on earth.

Friends, we too can heal others! Like the apostles who had given authority we also have ours. Maybe it’s not that so huge miracles we can make, but even by way of listening towards those who need to be listened to. In that way we can lighten up the burden they carry. In that way, they could feel the presence and love of the Lord through us! And in that way, they may be encouraged and be hopeful for the future coming of the Lord.


Abba, Loving Father, thank You for giving us Christ Jesus who chose us to be partners in His missionary works here on earth. May we who received His authority be faithful always to Him, and become channels of healing towards others. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.


Published by Rev. Fr. John Mark

Poor Servant Religious

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