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Mission Impossible

Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out two by two
Mark 6:7-13

Sermon Topic Discipleship

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:7


In today's Gospel Lesson, Mark tells us that "Jesus summoned the Twelve and began sending them out two by two" (Mk.6:7). It is very early in Jesus' public ministry but already He is sending out His followers to preach and teach and heal and witness to the Good News of a Gracious God who cares infinitely about His human creation.

Every Christian is commissioned to a ministry of love and justice, in the Name of Jesus Christ. The new life into which God is calling each one of you includes your participation as ministers of the Gospel, priests of the Lord. Whatever your vocation -- salesperson, lawyer, clerk, doctor, homemaker, musician, whatever -- you are at the same time a full-time minister of Jesus Christ out in the world.

As loyal disciples we don't come to Church merely to get what we can from Jesus. We don't come to Church merely to have our needs met. If we are serious about wanting to follow Christ, we soon discover that we cannot qualify if we merely are "on the take," so to speak. We soon discover that genuine discipleship involves more than getting what we can for ourselves. We soon discover that we are being called to a ministry of loving service. No matter where we are, no matter what our vocation, no matter what neighborhood we live in, while we're there we are the Lord's ministers -- full time.

Because the New Testament Community understood this, they were able to supply the throbbing power we find in the life of the Early Church. But many of us do not understand this. We have been conditioned, somehow, to identify only the ordained clergy as those who minister. They are the religious professionals; they are the ones who have made this their life's work; they are the ones who do the preaching and the teaching and the witnessing. But this is a colossal cop-out for the lay person in the Church.

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