Take nothing with you but a WALKING STICK !

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
Psalm 24
Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29

In todays Gospel we read…He summoned the Twelve 1and 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. Our Lord sent them out bare but they would go out and do the Greatest Work….. cause then we read .. So they went off and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. They set out on this mission without anything not even food or money to buy it with…

In the first reading it focus our attention on prophets and prophecy. The prophet Amos makes it clear that he did not want the job! But, God called him anyway to be a prophet and to proclaim God’s word to the King of Bethel. “A reluctant prophet met a reluctant audience, and Amaziah ordered him to leave Bethel.” Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel”. The message of the prophet Amos was a cry for justice, for an end of oppression of the poor by the wealthy. We today we are sent out to dothe same…. Gods Mission, to go out and Preach Repentance and to Prophesy of His Glory, His Justice, His Love, His Peace and his Equality for ALL. For to Prophesy is to make inspired declarations of what is to come and or to speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God’s stead. That is the the work that we my Brothers and Sisters are called to do especially as members in the Order of Preachers!

In the second reading today it also states of this mission …”He has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory”. We must fight the spirit of injustice where ever it. Remember The spiritual tradition of Dominic’s Order is punctuated not only by charity, study and preaching, but also by instances of mystical union! !

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