June 29, 2014
Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
“Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.”
Our apostolic mission in this world is not to engage ourselves in a manic effort to try to redeem people by convincing them that they have to fulfill their religious obligations in order to be saved. Neither are we called to prove to others by engaging in social activism, wherein is promoted a competitive type of philanthropy, that the Church has the power to heal.
The Church’s power to heal is found in our faith in God’s love. We must not forget that we have already been redeemed: “The Lord has sent redemption to His people; He has established His covenant forever (Ps.110:9).
As the Apostles were called by Christ, He calls us. Our designated apostolic mission is to go out of our self and meet our fellowmen, to exclaim the good news of our salvation and to help them realize that behind the great curtain of man’s painful symptoms, beyond his daily agonies and in spite of his wounded being, there is something great and beautiful to be seen: the face of Christ, in whose image we have been created.
In order to discover His Image, we must break through the vicious cycle of our continuous attempts to use others as objects which will immediately satisfy our self-centered needs and desires. We must look beyond our impulses and direct their erratic energy toward creative channels that form meaningful relationships.
Our apostolic authenticity and power is thus based on how we participate and lead others into a way of life that is holy, united, catholic, and truly apostolic, totally united with the life of the Holy Spirit and His Church which heals all ailments and infirmities.