Ezra 9:5-9; Tobit 13 Blessed be God, who lives for ever; Luke 9:1-6
"Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick."
Many people are often unsure about their purpose in life. They don't know what they are suppose to be doing. Because of this they find themselves empty, lacking direction, motivation, a reason to get up and get moving.
These people are professed Christians that i am referring to in regards to this lack of direction and purpose in particular Catholics.
Many leave the church, find themselves in a non catholic gathering and hear something from someone on the lines of missionary and something ignites in them. Before they know it, they are signed up to go to Africa or South America or some other foreign place wielding their bible and making ready to spread the kingdom.
This is a common tale, a common experience for many. It is a noble and good reality as well.
However, how do we miss the purpose and mission Jesus gives the apostles. How is it that we fail to communicate this mission to the rest of the disciples.
Is it a case of selective hearing? Do we think that only priest are called to spread the gospel, cast out demons and to be healers?
What happen to the power of the laity? The unordained are still ordained by God to spread the kingdom!
Somehow we missed the boat. Somehow the unordained have resigned themselves to being spectators an din doing so have lost sense of their own mission, purpose as part of the mystical body of Christ.
We to must set out to proclaim the good news and look for opportunities daily to do so.
If we set out and show people our purpose and mission then it can become contagious; after all is this not what it means to spread the kingdom.
It is a new epidemic Jesus entrust to the faithful, his disciples and apostles alike.
So lets be contagious. Let get sick and cough all over the world and sneeze in the face of opposition and spread the germs of the gospel, and let the kingdom be cultured here and now, near and far.