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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

“How Not to Be A Disciple: What Not to Pack”

When I am getting ready to go on a trip, I type up a packing list. I don’t type up a “Don’t pack this” list. I know what not to take, don’t I?
This mission trip of discipleship is a trip that calls for a particular packing list. But all we’re told is what not to take. The difference between being a disciple and not being one (but maybe saying we are) is in what we pack. The nondisciple packs apathy, love of comfort and love of recognition.

The disciple packs a spirit of service, humility, and a fervent desire to interpret the good news for today’s world.

How Not to Be a Disciple: Tell yourself the following things repeatedly:

1. There are plenty of other people. I don’t have to go (10:2).
2. If I do decide to go, I’m going to take a lot of stuff with me to insure my comfort (10:3).
3. I expect there to be perks for my taking the trouble to go on this mission. I’m not just going to take what people give me. I have certain requirements (10: 8).
4. I will mediate healing to people I meet by the combination of my professional skills and winning personality (10:9).
5. I believe (based on verse 16) that whatever comes out of my mouth is the verbatim word of God (verse 16)
6. I am going to interpret demons literally in the 21st century (10:17).
7. I’m going to assure people that Jesus means that nothing bad will ever happen to them in what he says in verse 19.

How to Be A Disciple: Reflect on and/or do the following 7 things repeatedly:

1. Make yourself available. This mission, as far as Jesus is concerned, is a mandatory opportunity.
2. Pack light.
3. Remember always that it is the kingdom of God we’re inviting people into, not our fan club or a social club.

4. Pray constantly for guidance in offering the good news, because the stakes are high. Strive to invite people to Christ humbly, sincerely and joyfully (10:16).

5. Reflect on the following questions

• From what do people need to be delivered today (their demons)?
• How do you understand the kingdom of God into which you are inviting people and how is it different from the” kingdom of me?”
• How can we assure people of Jesus’ care for them without making false promises of physical invincibility for believers?

By A. McKenzie

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* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)