Sinners Yet Called

The Hidden Power of the Word
October 27, 2020
Bantay-Salakay
October 30, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Sinners Yet Called
 
The gospel begins with Jesus going to the mountain to pray. His intention is crystal clear – to choose his companions and helpers in proclaiming the Kingdom of God. He called them apostles which means “one sent, missionary.” The apostles were called to help in carrying out a mission. This is the same mission that Jesus received from the Father (John 20: 21).
 
When we were baptized as Christians, we received the same calling to assist the Lord in bringing the Light in the midst of darkness. We are bearers of God’s love to everyone we meet every day. We are simply co-sharers in the Lord’s mission, yet receive the same power to save people from their sins, miseries, and hopelessness. Like the apostles and disciples mentioned in our gospel, we are not chosen for being better than the others. The call is a gift and grace. It is not something that we deserve or merit. Such a reality makes us humble and grateful to the vocation or calling.
 
But the question is, “Are we responding faithfully to the call to accompany Jesus in proclaiming the Kingdom? In this time of the pandemic, are we active apostles of Jesus? Are we part of the crowd or member of Jesus’ team?”
 
Here are some points for consideration from our gospel today:
 
1. Prayer and discernment go together.
 
“Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when the day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them.” (Luke 6:12-13).
 
The best place to discern and decide is in prayer. Prayer disposes us to listen attentively to the will of God. Choosing the twelve is crucial to the mission, so the Lord sees the need to seek His Father’s guidance and approval of His plans.
 
Going to the mountain allows us to see the bigger picture. Prayer gives us a vantage point. To see not only the limitations and faults of people but to see their potentials, gifts, and kindness.
 
2. Sinners and insignificant, yet called by Jesus.
 
” He chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles.” (Luke 6:13).
 
The list of the disciples is interesting and consoling. The chosen ones are simply ordinary people, sinners, and insignificant in society. Most of them are ordinary fishermen and known sinners. Not dreamers. No one is holy and perfect. Yet, these chosen individuals were personally handpicked by the Lord. The list gives us consolation and hope. We are also sinners and imperfect humans, yet the Lord chose us! Awesome!
 
3. Salvation is not merely saving people, but empowering them.
 
The list of the apostles brings instant doubt to the crowd. Why them? Why not choose the best, the most intelligent, the most righteous, and the most talented persons? It reveals Jesus’ grand plan. Let the sinners save the sinners. Let the wounded heal the wounded. Salvation is not merely saving people, but empowering them. The Lord never commits a mistake. He chose us. There’s no mistake here.
 
Never ask why me? The Lord knows your limitations and selfishness, yet He sees your inner beauty and your potentials to love people. He wants you to discover yourself too.
 
4. Apostles are called to make a difference.
 
“They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases, and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.” (Luke 18-19).
 
Apostleship is not a walk in the park. Hard work, devotion, and commitment are necessary. The task is overwhelming. Saving people from their miseries is a herculean task. But the Lord assures us of authority and power to fulfill the task. And besides, and never forget, we are just assistants and co-workers. Our job is to merely assist Jesus in His mission of saving souls.
 
– Fr. Wilfredo M. Samson, SJ
 
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October 28, 2020 – Wednesday
Gospel Reading: Luke 6: 12-19

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