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15th July 2018 - 15th Sunday of the Year B

posted 14 Jul 2018, 12:08 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

Word and Kingdom do not permeate our world by

magic. God sends Jesus in the flesh, word made flesh

and Kingdom in person to reveal divine love. It is

always a hands-on mission. We are called to witness to

our brothers and sisters, whoever they may be. We may

have a mission to the powerful, the prestigious. We

may have a commitment to the sick or to those out of

control of their/lives, to show them, whatever their need

that there is another way. That there is infinitely more

to life. Our God calls us to be his\her co-worker(s).

We have to discern the word and what it takes to bring

in the Kingdom in our by now, very different world.

Our mission is a team mission. The team way is the

way to consistency and truth in our witness. Our unity

does after all, witness to a fragmented world. We are

not "lone rangers" and certainly not "loose cannons".

The team keeps us on track, in tune, especially in our

times of great difficulties and uncertainty. Consultation

is the strength of the mission team.

 

We should be known by our poverty and simplicity.

Our poverty is a register of our total dependence on the

Lord in our mission. Our simplicity goes for the

obvious. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty,

welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick

and the imprisoned. Keep it simple!

Our only equipment for our mission is the Jesus-given

authority. It is an authority over evil and a power to

serve. We do not need any other authority. Our

poverty is more powerful than possessions. "Poor to be

free is the message". Nor must we distance ourselves

from folk by ostentation of any kind. We simply insert

ourselves discreetly into each melieu. Thus we assume

our responsibility for word and Kingdom.

So we take the point. Our Christian authority is from

the Lord. We have authority over evil from Jesus. This

authority speaks to people as guest. This authority does

not impose its message. This authority leaves our

listeners free to respond. We temper our way of living

to avoid erecting barriers with our brothers and sisters.

Our ministry is a respectful ministry. And our ministry

is an unlimited ministry.

 

Evil must be challenged wherever it emerges. Be it

hunger, thirst, alienation, nakedness, sickness or

imprisonment, in whatever shape or form. Our mission

is to offer the word of salvation. Our mission is to offer

the fullness of life and the larger life of the Kingdom in

Jesus' name. So we take St. Paul at his word, "Before

the world was made, God chose us." (Eph. 1.4) "Go

prophesy to my people," (Amos. 7.15) the Lord says.

And what began with the Twelve continues with us.

We are people of the word. We are Kingdom people.

And we are such for our world.

 

 

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