February 7 – Thursday
Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: MK 6:7-13
Imagine that you have been invited to join the twelve apostles: you are excited about being sent out to speak of the kingdom of God. You expect to learn the master strategy from Jesus. Instead you are told to travel light: no show, no dependence on a bank account, no big car. You are to depend on one thing only, the power and grace of God! Then amazing things can happen.
Pope Francis wants a poor Church for the poor, and he bases his wish on today’s text. We Christians may be reasonably well-to-do, but we should have a critical attitude to wealth and capitalism. The kingdom of God has little to do with affluence: it is all about simplicity of life and sharing with the needy.
Touch yourself today and ask: Am I living a simple life? Am I generous in sharing my resources to the needy?
Prayer: (all together)
Lord Jesus, make me a channel of your healing power and merciful love that others may find abundant life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the treasure of your heavenly kingdom. May I witness the joy of the Gospel both in word and deed. Amen