Reflection: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Am.7:12-15; Ps.84; 2nd Reading – Eph.1:3-14; Gospel – Mk.6:7-13]


Today’s gospel opens up by saying what Jesus did and ends up saying what the Twelve managed to do.

He summoned them: He called them, and they answered to His summoning. He summoned them because He wanted to transmit something to them. They answered to His invitation because He took the initiative to call them to Him.

He instructed them: He told them what to take and what not to take. He also told them what to do and what not to do. He did not tell them what to say because they were to give witness to what they were living with Him. They had to give evidence of their experience.

He began to send them: A consequence of being called by Jesus, is to be sent. When Jesus called the Twelve, He did so in preparation to be able to send them. He did not wait till when He would be risen, but He sent them at this particular moment because they had the opportunity to return back to Him and tell Him how things went. This was a taste of what was to come later.

He sent them out in pairs: When the Bible speaks about two people or a pair, it is an indication of giving evidence. Therefore the Twelve were to give witness of their experience with Jesus: of their discovery of who Jesus was.

He gave them authority over unclean spirits: So He not only gave them instructions, but He also gave them authority; something which was His, but which He wanted to share with them.  This was to confirm their evidence of who He is.

They set off to preach repentance: They preached as the prophets used to – repentance – to return to God.  This is the way one opens him/herself to God’s salvation and therefore to God’s presence in one’s life.

They cast out many devils: They did what they were told to.

They anointed many sick people with oil and cured them: Since they were ready to do what they were asked to, they also managed to do more than they were given to do. All for the benefit of those who were ready to accept them as Jesus’ witnesses.

Jesus too was sent by the Father to give evidence of the Father – who and what the Father is – Love. Jesus in fact showed the Father’s love for the world through His own actions.

We too are summoned to be sent to give evidence of who is God to us. We have to give evidence of our own experience of Him. He is also giving us “authority over…” How are we making use of this authority? What is our evidence like?

Lord, you called us because we were ready to give heed to your word. At the same time you are also sending us and telling us to have total faith in you. Lord, sometimes we are afraid to give evidence of our experience with you and of your Father’s presence and love in us. Give us the courage that we need to be able to do your will. Thank you Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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