“SO THEY WENT OFF AND PREACHED REPENTANCE.”MK 6:7-13
Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. Mk 6:7-13
Jesus gave authority to the Apostles over unclean spirits and authority to cure the sick by anointing them with oil. Jesus’ authority did not stop with the 12 Apostles, but from Peter was passed on to Linus and down to Pope Francis. This authority was passed down to bishops and priests who are still preaching repentance, casting out demons, and curing the sick.
This proves to us that Jesus has the authority to pass on His powers to specific people He gives the power to. The pope, bishops, and ordained priests all have been given authority by Christ to forgive sins, consecrate the Eucharist, anoint the sick and give them last rites, to Baptize in the name of the Trinity, to confirm the Holy Spirit in us, to witness a couple making wedding vows.
God the Father set up the priesthood in the tribe of the Levites in the Old Testament, then Jesus instituted the first priesthood at the Last Supper, and continues to call priests to be ordained today and works through them to heal, cure, and cast out demons.
Don’t believe me? Fr. Ben Green gave absolution to my son, Nathan, and many other 2nd graders for first reconciliation. In the Year of Fr. Kapaun, we took time to reflect on his intercession from heaven to heal Chase Kear who should have died after a pole vaulting accident, Avery Gerlemen from a blood disease that was eating her alive from the inside, and Nick Dellesega who was without a pulse for 9 and half minutes.
We don’t hear these things on the nightly news very often. We must search them out because God’s grace, love, and authority are the most powerful things in the world. The sick are cured, demons are cast out, and reconciliation is taking place right now all over the world.
Take time to fill your mind with good and holy things each day, allow Jesus’ teachings to transform you and change your perspective to ‘what is’, reality, or Truth. This conversion takes place slowly or sometimes all at once. It requires faith and an open heart and mind, total surrender and trust (fiat). Jesus is sending you and I out today two by two, after being formed by Him, to change the world by being who He created us to be.
Today’s challenge: Read about Fr. Kapaun’s story at http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/father-kapaun or find a book on Fr. Kapaun and read it. Put good and holy people and things around you. Humble yourself and recognize we need God, if you seek Him out you will not be disappointed. All of us are called to be saints, with a specific role for our journey. Ask Jesus what he made you for then take nothing with you but your walking stick and be amazed at what Christ will do through you!
Be a servant, be a saint today!