26 Jan 2018: Nature of God’s Mission

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Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops

Reading 1: 2 Tm 1:1-8; Gospel: Mk 4:26-34

We are all aware that one of the strongest sectors ruling the major part of our country is the corporate world.  One of the strongest tools used by the corporate world is advertisement. Through advertisement they have enticed the hearts of people both rich and poor. Knowingly or unknowingly we have allowed most of our decisions to depend on the advertisements we see. The question about how much are we influenced by these advertisements can be checked by the articles and the products we use in our daily life.

In this context the Holy Spirit through todays Gospel is trying to divert our attention towards a person who has a mission in this world and that he is looking for people to hire for his mission. The mission is to preach the good news that the Kingdom of God has come.

The Gospel today is an advertisement of the Jesus’ mission.  Unlike the corporate worlds advertisements which is glamorous and attractive the advertisement by Jesus is rather unattractive as well as challenging. But like the corporate world which deceives people through its advertisement and gives false hope, the words of Jesus ore neither deceiving  nor does it gives false hope. The Words of Jesus are true and promising.

As we see Jesus saying – “the harvest is plenty  but the labourer’s are few”, “ I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves”, “ carry no purse , no bag, no sandals”.

Are not these nature of Jesus’ mission unattractive,  more danger , uncertain and un-profitable. If so, how is this mission alive even after thousands of year? What is that which has attracted people to take over this Mission of Jesus.

It’s purely because of the satisfaction that one receives in doing the mission of Christ. The satisfaction that comes from serving the true Lord our Master who made the Heaven and Earth. The Lord who is the Creator and the giver of the Life. Are you in anyway part of this Great Mission. The Spirit of the Lord is inviting you and me to become part of this Great mission.

Praise the Lord. Amen.

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