1st Reading: Amos 7:12-15
2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel: Mark 6:7-13

​In today's gospel, Jesus summoned His disciples and sent them to do their mission, instructing them what to do, and how they are to behave. We see here in Jesus the balance between being a manager and a Master. In our desire to get things done, may we not forget that people are neither things to be managed nor commodities to be quantified, and that grace often operates not so much because of us as in spite of us.

One thing clear is that we as disciples receive our instructions and marching orders from our Master. We are to listen to Him well, and obey and carry out His game plan, and this can happen if we know how to listen to Him in prayer. We are to listen primarily to Him, and not to ourselves, and not to people around us. Are you really listening to your Master?

Something is basically wrong when someone preaches love, yet acts with pride or arrogance; forgiveness, yet acts with hardness of heart. If the Kingdom of God were just a corporate or management matter, then why don't we just indeed hire effective managers and professionals, or even mercenaries to do the job?

Prayed: Remind me, Lord, that as I carry out my difficult mission, I may not run out of fervor, humility, patience, and compassion. Amen.

​Fr. Dante