Wednesday, September 27, 2017


This morning Jesus gives the Twelve a share in his power and authority and sends them out to preach the kingdom and to heal. He also tells them to take nothing with them on the journey. Clearly he thought that by taking nothing along the gift of his power and authority would be most sustained and transformative in the lives of his apostles, and be most likely to find open and receptive hearts as they passed it on. 

May the example and prayers of the great apostle of charity, Saint Vincent de Paul, assist us in our weakness to embrace the link between freely-chosen poverty and a life of charity, so that passing on the good news in its fullness, Christ’s power may reign in our hearts and give life to those whom we encounter. 

Painted initial from an early Cistercian manuscript. Meditation from today's Mass by Father Timothy.