Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Daily - 9/22/09

Luke 9:1-6

1 He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,

2 and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal (the sick).

3 He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.

4 Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.

5 And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them."

6 Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

I couldn't even imagine getting this mission. Go out and preach the Kingdom. Kick some demons around. Heal people. Don't bring any provisions. Go crash in a stranger's house. If people don't like you, go somewhere else. See you in a few weeks. I would have had a hard time believing I was capable of doing any of this.

We're not told the details of how the assignment was received, but we are told about the result. The Twelve, who became the first priests of the Catholic Church, learned that when ordinary people submit to Christ's authority and do what he says, extraordinary things can happen.

So it is with us. At times God reaches out and gives us a mission. When that happens to me, I try and remember to thank the Lord for using me to do his work, and then just go do it. Even if I'm worried that I won't be good enough.