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Do you think of yourself as someone who has been sent?

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In today's Gospel, Jesus sends his apostles out to be messengers of God's kingdom.  He gave them power over unclean spirits and and power to heal.  Mark tells us that they drove out many demons and  healed many who were sick (Mark 6:7-13)

Do we hear this only as an account of something that happened some 2000 years ago?  Or do we hear it as a word from God spoken to us--to each one of us--today.  How, we may ask, am I to carry this out?  What power do I have over evil?  How can I heal?  How can I be a messenger of the Gospel? 

The answer is simple: by the way we live; by relying on God's power at work in us and not our own abilities.  Power over evil spirits?  Read today's second reading (Eph 1:3-14).  God has given us his Holy Spirit.   And read on a little further.  That is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Eph 1:19-20)--and as a retreat director once told me, "that is powerful power."  I suspect that it is a power that most of us rarely tap into.  That is unfortunate, for as Paul tells us a little later, that Spirit dwelling within us can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20-21)-- even when it comes to confronting evil . . . even when it comes to bringing healing.

Healers?  Healing takes place on many levels . . . and I am convinced that the most powerful healing remedy is love -- genuine care and concern . . . self-giving, self-emptying love for another.  Saying only the good things that people need to hear.  Speaking words which build up others--rather than tear them down.  Being people who make peace through what they say and do and are (Matt 5:9).

So remember that you too are sent to go in peace and love and serve the Lord and his people.  What report will you give to Jesus concerning your mission (Mark 6:30)?