A reading from the gospel of Mark 6:7-13
7 Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick; no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
9 They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
11 Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.”
12 So they went off and preached repentance.
13 The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Reflection: Positive Impact
The gospel reminds us that we who hear the Good News belong to the chosen ones. We have been chosen to be sent. Where? Maybe to a foreign land but more importantly to our immediate family, friends and colleagues in our workplaces. Why? To drive out the demons of hatred or depression, to heal the broken heart and to cure broken relationships. How? It helps if we have special skills or training such as being a physician or psychologist but it is not needed. All we need is a listening skill and willingness to help.
Jesus gave the apostles the authority over unclean spirits. This authority has been passed over to us but before we can remove the “unclean spirits” in others, let us make sure the “unclean spirits” in us are removed. Before we can preach repentance, let us first of all repent of our own wickedness.
This is our immediate mission: whatever place we are in, let’s make a positive impact. A simple smile and a sincere offer of help to the needy will be a great start. Never mind if people reject us. They already rejected the ONE who is sending us.
You want a better world to live in? Spread positivity. Let us make that our daily habit.