Fifteenth week in ordinary time
The Mission of the Twelve Disciples…and our Mission too!
“Jesus instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ “Mark 6:8-10 JB
The verses from this coming Sunday’s Gospel makes hard reading. It’s a seemingly impossible task that Jesus sets before the Disciples who are commissioned to go out and proclaim the good news of the kingdom. How are they to live? They have the task but apparently not the resources. Or so it seems…….
What Jesus is trying to tell them and us, who are His modern-day Disciples, that the work we undertake is the Lord’s and He will provide for us so that our needs will be met – in full. To anyone who chooses and does God’s work, diligently seeking to follow the Lord in everything, Jesus promises they will have enough food, shelter and money to support them as they go. Not taking what they think they might need for the journey allows them to cultivate an attitude of detachment so that the focus will be upon the task in hand and they aren’t worried about anything else. They are to trust Jesus for everything which will ensure the success of the mission.
Well, what about us? Can we? Do we do that? Do we seek to trust Jesus in everything? Do we gladly trust God or fear Him in a negative way which makes us so sure in ourselves that we don’t think He would ever provide for our needs? Do we seek to trust the Lord with the little things of life – as well as the bigger things? The great news is we can! Our Lord is generous and pours gifts into our hands and lives day by day. He loves us and provides abundantly for all His children and makes sure they have all they need. We simply have to have a childlike trust and faith in Him that He will care for us.
As the Lord calls us, He also makes sure we are equipped to go – that we have everything that we need. Whatever work we are called to do, we are empowered to do this if we constantly seek God’s Face and ask for His help day by day. Our trusting fully in the Lord brings glory to His Name and much joy to His heart.
As we reflect upon another school year which is drawing to a close, we thank God for all He has done for us, in us and through us. We commit ourselves and all we have achieved this past school year into His hands for safekeeping. We especially remember our Year 8 pupils who will be moving to their new High Schools for their Year 9 Transition Days. Additionally, we welcome those young people in Year 4 who will become our new Year 5 pupils in September. Knowing that our loving God will provide for all their needs and ours, we entrust them into His safe and secure Hands of love and grace. We also entrust our futures to Him as we say farewell to our staff who are leaving us for pastures new and goodbye to our pupils from Years 6, 7 and 8 who are moving on to new schools. May the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bede the Venerable accompany all our 2018 Leavers wherever they go.
We thank you for the tender care and provision which you have given to us in St Bede’s over the past year. We place our school year which is coming to an end into Your Hands. We thank you for all the opportunities we have had to show Your love to others as we have sought to live the gospel values of Jesus your Son as revealed within the Beatitudes. Thank you for all the times when we have grown closer to You and each other in all we have shared together. We ask that Your Holy Spirit will guard us, guide us and keep us safe over the summer as we enjoy the rest and refreshment you provide. We make our prayer in the Name of Jesus, Your Son, Our Lord. Amen.