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Amos 7:12-15 Eph 1:3-14 Mk 6:7-13


Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick--no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them." So they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. Mk 6:7-13

“Lord, take me where you want me to go. Let me meet who you want me to meet. Tell me what you want me to say.” Father Mychal Judge wrote this prayer. Many of us have heard of Father Judge. He was the Franciscan priest and chaplain of the NYC Fire Department who died on 9/11 as he accompanied and ministered to rescue teams at the disaster site at the World Trade Center.

 

Jesus did then and still does call and send his disciples to do the work of announcing the Gospel message. Still today, our task is to be disciples effectively engaged in our own time and culture. We must speak the language of the people and translate the Gospel into terms meaningful and insightful to them. No artificially elevated language is effective. No shallow formal equivalency should be used because it makes both the speaker and the hearers pretend to be in a time and place and perspective not their own. The Gospel message must always be grounded in healthy reality. It is the clarity of the profound truth which sets us free from the slavery of the world’s dark side of superficiality and foolishness, pretense and abstruseness. When we preach by humble, prayerful, and loving word and example, the Gospel is inviting, freeing, edifying, joy-filled, wise, and intelligent.

By B. Russel

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)