Jesus sends His 12 male Apostles to preach, heal and warn others to repent. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Obedience so he can be obedient to his Lord and King Jesus Christ and by cultivating the Virtue of Sacrifice so he can always be a holy sacrificial leader of his family. 

Liturgy

25th Week in Ordinary time – Wednesday – Lk 9:1-6

Commentary

After forming His Apostles over a period of months, Jesus launches the first phase of His divine plan to evangelize all nations by delegating His authority to 12 hand-picked men; the Apostles (meaning “to be sent”) are granted authority and power to cast out demons, cure every disease and announce the Kingdom of God among the Israelites.  

Jesus deliberately picks 12 Jewish men, symbolically confirming His desire for the 12 tribes of the “lost sheep of Israel” to be the first to be healed and drawn into the Kingdom of God. Jesus exclusively chooses men for the New Covenant priesthood, confirming the enduring reality of His desire for the headship of men in the Church and families across all ages. 

Jesus gives the Apostles the mindset an evangelist must have. They are to offer His gifts of healing without cost. They are to be completely reliant on Jesus to provide for them in their mission work, taking no money or provisions. Jesus then gives the Apostles precise tactical instructions upon entering a village. They are to identify a worthy man, build a relationship and stay with him in his home. They are to bless those who are willing to hear the Gospel and to publicly rebuke (to shake off the dust…) those who are unwilling to receive the Gospel; “shaking off the dust from one’s feet” was a symbolic act of judgment and a curse, an ominous sign and call to conversion.   

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Be impressed by Jesus, the Divine King, who is a tough and demanding Leader: He calls His men to a profoundly challenging mission (conversion of religious Jews), gives them precise orders (where to go, provisions, process) and instructs them to Harshly Warn those who fail to convert (cursing the unrepentant by shaking off dust); consider too, the Divine Priest prefigures the Sacrament of Penance in the call to repentance. 

Be obedient to Jesus, your Lord and King

Realize: Jesus commands that the Apostles are to proclaim the Kingdom of God; Jesus is the King of the Kingdom of God, who has all dominion, power and glory over all Creation. 

Believe: Reflect upon Jesus Christ – Divine King (CCC 783, 786, 2105).

Pray: Jesus, Divine King, help me build the Virtue of Obedience (a part of Justice) so I profess You to be my Lord and King, I always seek to be completely obedient to Your Will, and strive to live up to my duty to serve You with my whole being.  

Be the heroic, sacrificial leader of your family

Realize: Speaking of patriarchy or the headship of men in families and society, brings scorn by some in the modern culture. In contrast, God, who is Perfection and makes no mistakes, has definitively established and called men to be leaders in families and the Church: God calls Himself the Father, Jesus is the Son, St. Joseph is the head of the Holy Family, the Holy Spirit is the spouse of the Holy Mother, Jesus picks only men to lead the Church, and Scripture designates men as “heads” of their household (Gen 3:16, 1 Cor 11:3,  Eph 5:24, Col 3:18, 1 Pet 3:1, 1 Tim 2:11, Titus 2:4-5). 

Believe: Reflect upon the Authority of Men (CCC 551, 610, 765, 858, 908, 1337).

Pray: Jesus, Crucified Christ, help me build the Virtue of Sacrifice (a part of Justice) so I fearlessly accept and sacrifice myself to live up to my God-given role to be the “head” of my family; St. Joseph, sacrificial head of the Holy Family, pray for me.