Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14; Ephesians 1: 3-34; Mark 6:7-13
Sr. Margaret Proskovec, ND
We learn from the Prophet Amos, that those who speak for God don’t always get to pick their audiences. This gets to be tough when they meet with resistance to God’s words of healing and truth. The Psalm response reminds us that God proclaims peace, that God’s ways are kindness, truth, justice, and peace. As people of faith, called to proclaim the Good News, we are sent to prepare the way for this to happen.
Paul’s letter from prison to his beloved community in Ephesus begins with a blessing. It is grounded in his firm confidence in God’s forgiveness, wisdom, and rich grace that draw us all toward life and unity with one another in Christ.
In the Gospel, Jesus sends out his Apostles to minister the people they encounter. He sends them out with nothing except a companion apostle, a walking stick, and his word.
Reflection: Some time ago, I learned that a synonym for “apostle” is “ambassador” or “representative.” How do I represent the mind and heart of God to others in the ordinary – or not so ordinary – events of daily life? In a reflection by St. Augustine of Hippo, he wrote:
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of humankind. That is what love looks like.
May this week draw you and the people in your life closer to the heart of God.