Reflections - July 12, 2015

“He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.”  Mk. 6:7.
 
In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus sends His Apostles to preach.  We also find in the First Reading the sending out of Amos, a layman from the VIII century B.C., who well said:  “I am not a Prophet nor the son of a Prophet”, and who feels called by God:  “The Lord said to me, Go prophesy to my people…….”.  Am 7:15, and on the other hand you can see that as the Prophet denounces injustices the affected try to silence him.
 
Today the Lord sends us into the world as baptized members of His Church to take the Good News of Salvation into a different XXI century but with similar problems like sin and its consequences and injustices.
 
I would like to share with you some reflections taken from the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of Holy Father Francis.
 
Pope Francis says:  We live in a world where you can see the many scientific advances made in all fields of science, education and communications.  However some pathologies are on the rise.  Fear and despair take possession in the hearts of many people……..#52 (even in our social environment).
 
How can we evangelize?
 
Pope Francis says:  “Good always tends to be communited……and anyone who lives a profound freedom acquires a greater sensitivity to the needs of others…that is why he has no other choice but to recognize others and search for their Good.  As Saint Paul says:  “For the love of Christ impels us”.  2 Cor. 5:14.  “Woe to me if I do not preach it!”  1 Cor. 9:16.  (Episcopal motto of our revered Bishop Agustin Roman, the master of evangelization).
 
Let us ask the Lord in the Eucharist to “…..recover and increase the fervor…..of the sweet and comforting happiness of evangelizing even when it is necessary to sow between tears knowing that we receive our strength from Christ, who sends us”.