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All Are Called To Be Disciples

posted Jul 2, 2016, 11:26 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 2, 2016, 11:30 AM ]
3 July 2016 ( 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time )
All Are Called To Be Disciples
Jesus had called the 12 apostles, and yet he called another 72.
By appointing more, is Jesus not telling us he wants many of us to be his disciples?

In fact, by our baptism and confirmation, we have the mandate to announce the coming of God’s glorious kingdom,
and to bring this light into the lives of people around us.

Jesus also asked them to leave all possessions behind, in other words, not to put their trust in material goods nor earthly powers.

To leave our limited cultural habits behind, to go out and embrace others openly and lovingly, to wholeheartedly and unconditionally accept the people.

Jesus also gives us the freedom not to fear rejection, but to be free from self-doubt, that to be rejected is normal,
and this freedom gives us renewed energy which allows us to continue our mission.

Wiping off the dust off our feet does not mean giving up, but it’s rising above the negativity,
it’s having the strength not to be affected perhaps by resentment and bitterness.