“AS THE FATHER SENT ME, SO AM I SENDING YOU” (John 20:21)
????Acts 12:24 – 13:5a; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.4); John 12:44-50
My dear, in the Gospel, Jesus reiterates the kind of relationship that exists among him, his mission and the Father who sent him. It is such an unbreakable union, and that is because Jesus has the authority of the Father and also understands the mission he is given. He would not depart from that mission because he has not come for any selfish interest.
As disciples of Jesus, everyone of us has a mission he has been given. Some were appointed apostles, others prophets, teachers, miracle workers, healers, helpers, administrators, etc. (cf. 1 Cor 12:28). He has plans for each person; he has plans for you. Have you tried to find out what plans God has for you?
Paul and Barnabas were with the other prophets and teachers in the Church at Antioch when the Holy Spirit separated them for a different mission (cf. Acts 12:24 – 13:5). There is so much noise in the world today because everyone wants to imitate what others are doing. Is that not the reason we have so many Churches today? Everybody wants to be a pastor, laying claims that it was the Spirit that inspired him.
Well, 1 John 4:1 encourages us to test every spirit and make sure it is from God.
Watch this! The Spirit that sent Jesus did not send him to judge or destroy but to save (cf. John 12:47). All judgement belongs to God. Why then, the so much invocation of ‘Holy Ghost Fire’ to destroy presumed enemies? Is that what Jesus would do?
Jesus said that his disciples would do greater works than he has done (John 14:12). He did not say that they would do a different work altogether. If we are truly disciples of Jesus, let us join him in bringing light to the world by doing only that which he destined for us, and doing it well.
May the Lord open our eyes and mind so that we might discern well what he really wants us to do in order to make the world a better place, and join others on the heavenly track. Amen.
I wish you an enlightened and grace-filled day ahead. Peace be with you.