Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

Matt 9:35-10:1, 6-8

The Twelve Are Sent

I remember when I was still a newly ordained priest I celebrated a Mass with a group of first communicants with their parents. After the Mass, a parent, he was a doctor, talked to me and said: “Father, actually God cures the sick and the doctor gets the fee.”

What about if God will charge us with all the blessings and graces we receive from Him everyday? Like for example, the sun we enjoy during the day, the rain, the water, the food, our life, the sea and even the air we breathe. If this will happen, I am sure God will be the richest man in the world today even without the approval of Forbes Magazine. But this is not the kind of God we know since the beginning of the world. This is not the kind of God Jesus preaches to us and wants to relate with us. But the God we know is a loving and generous One. He does not need all these material things and money. It is because He even created us out of nothing.

It is only that Jesus, in today’s gospel, wants us to teach something like this: “Without cost, you have received; without cost you are to give,” (Matt 10:8). Jesus lives this teaching because He himself cures the sick people; lets the blind see, expels demons, feeds the hungry with His words and material food; restores the dead to life; cleanses the lepers and so on and so forth without asking any payment or doctor’s fee whatsoever.

The very nature of God is to give. God is a Giver. Because He is a Giver, we have received all that we have now like: creation, redemption and sanctification. Yet in receiving all these from Him, we are called to enter into the divine logic of giving too. Sin is nothing other than receiving and not giving. Sin and the sinner are “getters.” Getters and givers cannot be mixed up. Let us be a giver so that God will be in us and we in God. “Without cost, you have received; without cost you are to give.”

In other words, as somebody had said that Jesus commissioned His disciples to carry on the works which He started, that is, to speak God’s word about the Kingdom and to bring His healing power to the weary and oppressed.  That what they had received from Jesus they must pass on to others without expecting remuneration.  They must show by their attitude that their first interest is God and not material gain. Jesus’ words are just as relevant today, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. We cannot buy heaven; but those who know the love and mercy of Jesus already possess heaven in their hearts. The Lord brings His Kingdom or heavenly reign to those who receive Him with faith and obedience. When the Lord returns in His glory He will fully restore His kingdom of everlasting righteousness and peace.

At the end the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that: “The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it and spread it” (CCC no. 1816). Faith is a free gift from God, and it is meant to be shared and multiplied. So many souls are searching but still have not found Christ. Why? It is because they need to see the faith lived. We are called to be living witnesses of faith.

Do we watch vigilantly for God’s kingdom to come in all its fullness?

See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

OPTION  01,   02,   03,

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2 Responses to Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

  1. fr. adolf washington says:

    I like this reflection. Thought-provoking indeed. Fr. Adolf Washington

  2. Fr Peter Nwigwe says:

    The reflection is interesting, very insightful and enriching. Fr. Nwigwe Nigeria.

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