July 8, 2022

Jesus said to his apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost, you have received; without cost, you are to give.”

Jesus today sends his disciples out on mission, empowering them to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. He then instructs them to travel lightly, trusting in the generosity of the people they will be serving. They are to believe that what they need will be provided for them. Jesus today also empowers us to reach out to others with the same care and concern. How can we help those who are struggling?

Christ’s command is to give from what we have received from him. If, in our prayer every day, we make ourselves more aware of the gifts we have been given, we will be better at giving Christ to others. We do not go with our own power; instead, we carry Christ’s power to heal, save, and conquer evil. It is he who drives the mission, which makes the apostles a team. How often do we calculate what we can contribute to the mission-based only on the strength of our human qualities?

We ask the Holy Spirit to make us one body, one spirit in Christ in every Mass. What an excellent time to be aware of who we are as members of the body of Christ. We are meant to give to others what we have received in abundance from the hand of Christ. It is useless to try giving only from ourselves rather than from the graces we continue to receive from the eucharistic table where, as part of the whole body of the Church, we are linked arm-in-arm with other apostles for the cause of Christ.

Let Us Pray:

O Lord, help me to realize what I can do as a member of your body to build here on earth the kingdom for which you lived and died.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.