Scripture: 1st Reading: 1kgs2,1-4,10-12; Resp. Psalm: 1Chr29,10-12; Gosp. Accl.: Mk1,15; Gospel: Mk6,7-13
There is a time to be born. There is a time to succeed. There is a time to achieve all that we are sent on earth to accomplish. There is in life a time to build, dream dreams, make plans, attain goals, set targets, if possible, desire to conquer and subdue the world. There is therefore a time given to each of us to do what he/she has to do here on earth. In the way of all mortals, there is also a time to bid farewell to this world.
Today's first reading marks King David's farewell to this world. Before departure, David counselled Solomon his son on what he needed to do to succeed. He should keep the commandments of Yahweh as written in the law of Moses, walk in faithfulness before Him, obey the words that proceeded from His mouth. If Solomon did this, he and his descendants would continue to sit on the throne of Israel and the kingdom would be firmly established in their hands.
They were to consider themselves as people given a mission by Yahweh to fulfill. They were to see that mission as the purpose for their existence. If they did it this way, Yahweh would be with Solomon and his descendants. In the gospel today, our Lord charged His Apostles in the same way when He was about to send them out on mission.
Our Lord gave them authority over unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for the journey. He commanded them to preach the gospel in any town where they were received. They were to tell the people to repent. They were to cast out demons and heal the sick. If there was any town that refused to welcome them, they were to shake off the dust on their feet as a sign against the town.
The Apostles obeyed that charge to the letter. They preached the gospel as if their entire lives depended on it. They witnessed to the Master with all they were. Their lives became fruitful as a result of their obedience to the commands of the One who sent them.
Our Lord calls us too to use our time well while we are still here on earth. He challenges us even today to reflect on what type of contribution we are making into the growth of the kingdom. Like David, He wants us to know that a time will come for us to depart from this world. The race to prepare for that inevitable moment should begin now, if it has not yet begun.
We enter a new month today, the month of February. May the Lord go before us to guide us, behind us to protect us, above us to bless us, beside us to support us. May this new month be for us a month of new beginnings and a deeper encounter with the Lord. Happy New Month.
Let us pray: "God our loving Father, we thank you for the power of your word. We thank you for the life you have given to us. Give us your grace to use it for your glory. Make us fruitful in all we do so that our lives can bear witness to your love. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.