A Reflection for:
Wednesday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time
September 26, 2018
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.
Todays readings call us to be Evangelisers in our entire life. Jesus summons or orders or sends his disciples to preach the Good News which they have heard and experienced to everyone and everywhere. Jesus chooses these twelve disciples personally after much prayer and discernment. The disciples went all over the place and preached the Gospel, healed the sick and drew demons. After the resurrection these twelve disciples went all over the World and the people got transformed and baptised in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy spirit. Today we can see millions of baptised Christians through different denominations all over the World.
Twelve disciples of Jesus spread the light of Jesus to dark World. All Baptised Christians are summoned or ordered or sent to proclaim the good news of Jesus to everyone and everywhere. Jesus has called all Christians through much prayer and discernment to be his followers. Every Christians first and fore most responsibility to proclaim the Gospel to everyone and everywhere. Why Christians do not carry the Gospel of Christ? There are two reasons:
- They are traditional Christians but no experience of Jesus in their life.
- They do not follow Jesus in their life.
- They are traditional Christians but no experience of Jesus in their life:
Jesus is not a historian or Christianity is not a movement like any other Worldly way of life, but it is a transformation experience. If we see in the old Testament, New Testament, Early Church or the Saints, every person experienced Jesus in his or her life personally and transformed by the values of the Word of God. When I say values of the word of God, it cannot be compared to the values of the World because the values of the Word of God are Spirit, life and truth and they are so precious and divine, they are part of God himself. When a human experience this God experience his thoughts and deeds get transformed in to the life of God. This transformation can not be gained through Knowledge of the Word of God or theology/philosophy of the religions. Once I was attending a life in the Spirit, conducted by lay people and next to me was a Catholic priest attending the seminar not revealing his identity as a priest. At the end of the seminar my Priest friend could not control his Joy of the Holy Spirit and gave a testimony saying: I was a Priest for 25 years but ignorant about the personal touch of Jesus. I was imagining Jesus in the Gospel and studies which I had received in my formation period as priest. I was preparing my homily according to the knowledge which I received from the seminary but never believed that Jesus is present even in the holy eucharist, but today when I met Jesus and experienced him and believed his presence for the first time not as a main celebrant or as a priest but as a normal Baptised Christian. We can call this Priest as a traditional Christian. The real baptism experience is a transformation experience of Jesus in our life, otherwise the baptism remains only a ritual. This is the main problem of Christians of today.
- They do not follow Jesus in their life.
A transformed or baptised or Jesus experienced christian cannot follow the World or Evil in his or her life because the Worldly life & Evil life is opposite to Jesus Spirit. We cannot mix both lives together but can live only one. If someone follow both the lives, it is not real, but their intentions are Evil & this is Hypocrisy. If someone has experienced Jesus in his or her life in fullness of Spirit, they cannot compromise the World or the Evil ways of life. A truly transformed person cannot keep quiet because every Baptism is a mission of Evangelisation.
There is a misunderstanding of the Evangelisation among Christians because of their lack of experience of Jesus in their life. Every baptised Christian is a missionary in his entire life. This is the main goal and plan of God given to Christians. We look at prosperity, security & passions of our life but if we read the first reading in the book of Proverbs today : a Disciple says: Two things I ask of you,
deny them not to me before I die:
Put falsehood and lying far from me,
give me neither poverty nor riches;
provide me only with the food I need;
Lest, being full, I deny you,
saying, “Who is the LORD?”
Or, being in want, I steal,
and profane the name of my God.
Prosperity, Knowledge, Passions of this World do not bring us closer to God but takes away from his Spirit. We must possess how much we require for the day. This is the reason Jesus tells his followers: “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money.
A Christian delight in the ways of the Lord and with food or money. Though a Christian is hungry or homeless, it really does not bother him because their refuge and providence is with the Lord alone. When we live a life like this we become people of love and sacrifice and we teach our children the ways of God making them successful people of this World. The Gospel truth is only available truth which can be measured with all the other truths of this World. If any other truth of our life contradicts with the Gospel truth, then we must renounce those areas of our life. God makes our journey of life very exciting by giving us gift of deliverance, healing and Prophesy. We become people of Wisdom, Peace, Healing and deliverance in our day today life and reflect Jesus through our words and actions. I went to Mother Teresa Ashram and saw all kinds of people, she did not have any special kind of Bible sessions for the poor but encouraged them to be a better person in their life. She became living bible to them in word and action and converted people through her witness not ritual baptism but transformation experience of Jesus in their life.
I can call this a miracle experience which was done by God himself because he has sent us to witness the Gospel to the poor and rest will be done by him because we are only the ambassadors not the authority. If some one do not accept our way of life we need not force them like some denominations but move forward to the next stage of our lives without having any guilt or regrets.