Wednesday, the 14th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon - Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Jones & John Wall
Readings for today’s Mass
In Mark's gospel, this commissioning rite reads like this: "He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two." This reminded me of Fr. Marshall's homily of this past Sunday. The text read: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me..." The yoke that Jesus refers to, Fr. Marshall reminded us, is designed for two working together. We need never walk alone. In the upsides and downsides of life, the Lord is always there to help carry the load.
Two working together implies a dependency, each on the other. Each side of the yoke has to know the other can be counted on when the burden is most difficult. There is another old adage that tells us many hands make light work. That's how it is when we yoke ourselves to the Lord and to each other.
Also, notice that, in this commissioning, we are again called to be shepherds: "Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." That's what the shepherd does for the lost sheep.
We are all commissioned to do the work of the shepherd, proclaiming good news and building the kingdom in the world. Jesus is always there to assume the lion's share of the load; but only if we are willing to know that, now and then, we need a hand. Don't be afraid or to proud to ask.