Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
September 27, 2017
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
Today’s readings talk about living in humility and poverty. St. Vincent the Paul was a priest with humility, compassion and generosity. He pleaded the rich for donations to help the poor in his Parish and released many slaves by paying the ransom for them. After his death, St. Vincent the Paul society was formed through his inspiration. The heart of St. Vincent the Paul is still uncurrupt after 400 years of his death. The Charity and love for the poor of St. Vincent the Paul was so great, he himself lived in Captivity as a slave for 3-5 years of his time.
In the Gospel, Jesus is commissioning the Twelve Apostles to proclaim the Kingdom of God with signs and wonders. He says take nothing for the journey, this is very challenging and adventurous but there is God’s providence in this situation. God wants every disciple to become one like them and this can happen when we depend upon others in Resources, Protection, Shelter or future so that the Gospel is proclaimed in truth and humility. When we concentrate our needs, the focus goes on our need rather than the Gospel itself. Many Christians want to do the Work of God but the needs of their life are not met and remain needy people throughout their life. This is the reason Priests and religious and Church elders take the Vow of Poverty, Chastity, obedience and stability to restrain from the Worldly needs of our life and live a life of Sacrifice of humility and Simplicity.
We see Jesus telling the disciples to shake the dust from their feet as a testimony of their unacceptance of the Gospel. In Biblical times, when leaving Gentile cities, pious Jews often shook the dust from their feet to show their separation from Gentile practice. Jesus uses this practice against non-believing Jews. Jews wanted to live in the rules and rituals of their ancestors but Jesus wanted to set them free and accept him as a Messiah. The people who do not follow the Word of God are the people of this kind of today. People attend Mass and retreats but do not change in their life because they do not want to give up their Evil habits and accept God’s habit of love. These People reject God’s goodness and choose a path of Evil or death. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as a sign of service and love but to the same disciples Jesus is saying to shake the dust of their feet, to be careful from the yeast of the Hypocrites and warn them for wrong ways which lead to eternal death. This testimony of God’s love will be a proof of God.s mercy reaching to each and every person as an invitation to the Kingdom of God. If people reject this invitation, the messengers still waiting with their testimony of love, the testimony of Love is God came in to this world as light but People chose darkness . All those put their trust in him received eternal life but People who rejected him already Condemned to eternal death.