Mga Tagubilin sa Labingdalawa

12 July 2009: Ika-labinglimang Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon
Marcos 6, 7-13 Mga tagubilin sa Labingdalawa

(This Taglish version is the homily today in TV 5’s Humayo’t Ihayag, a televised mass.)

The episode in the Gospel today presents the sending of the Twelve on a mission to heal and to preach the Good News. The mission of the Twelve apostles was already prepared by the fact that Jesus specifically called them. Jesus gave them two primary instructions. First, that they take nothing for their journey. This means that a missionary must be poor, simple, frugal and trusting in God’s care. This is an old instruction to the present, “Travel light”. Traveling light facilitates mobility, availability and purity of testimony. In Jesuit life, we were trained to respond right away when we are instructed to go to another place for mission. We bring only the necessary things with us; trusting that whatever we need in our future ministry, we already have them there.

Second, that they anticipate opposition: in the eventuality that people will not welcome you, shake off the dust that is on your feet. This needs explanation. To shake the dust off your feet is an act of rupture known in the ancient world. The person doing this signifies that he wants to take absolutely nothing of what belongs to the city or country judged unworthy — not even its dust. Kung sa Pilipino, “wala akong kinalaman sa inyo.”

Finally, Jesus sent them two by two. There is something important here: Jesus sent his disciples in pairs. Why two and not just one?

Una, this is to ensure mutual support amidst difficulties. Naiintindihan ng Panginoon na mahirap mag-isa sa trabaho. Yung walang kausap o kasama man lang. Yung walang makikinig sa atin. Mahirap kung walang sumusuporta.

Pangalawa, the quality of our service also depends on feedback from a co-worker. A husband-and-wife team is able to rear a family better. A rector and seminarian will be able to help each other grow in religious life. Malaki ang naiitutulong kung may nagsasabi sa atin kung tama o mali ang ginagawa natin. Kung makikinig tayo sa feedback o evaluation, mas maiigihan natin ang ating gawain. Trabaho lang ito at hindi personalan. Ibig sabihin, kung na-eevaluate ang ating trabaho, hindi ibig sabihin ito ang ating pagkatao.

Pangatlo, it also means that the mission given to us is, in a sense, a community or ecclesial undertaking. When we are sent to speak and to act, we are speaking and acting in behalf of Christ and the Church, not only on our own. Apektado ang lahat ano man ang ating gawain.

May isang babaeng nakakita ng magandang lampara. Kinuskos niya ito at lumabas ang isang genie. Sabi nito: “Dahil iniligtas mo ako sa piitan ng lampara, tutuparin ko ang iyong tatlong utos. Ngunit, sa bawat utos, makatatlong kalaki ang makakamtan ng iyong asawa.” Sabi ng babae, “Gusto ko ng isang bilyong dolyar.” Sabi ng genie, “Sigurado ho kayo, yayaman ang iyong asawa ng tatlong bilyon.” “Opo” sagot ng babae. At nagkatotoo.

“Gusto kong maging maganda,” ang pangalawang utos ng babae. Sabi ng genie, “Sigurado ho kayo, magiging mas pogi ang asawa ninyo kay Piolo.” “Opo” sabi ng asawa. At nagkatotoo.

“Pangatlo utos po,” sabi ng genie. “Ito po,” panguna ng babae, “bigyan niyo po ako ng katamtaman na atake sa puso.”

Ang punto sa araw na ito ay simple lamang. May epekto sa kapwa ang anumang ginagawa natin. Lahat ng ginagawa natin ay isang pagsasabuhay ng mga utos ng Diyos at ginagawa natin ito, hindi bilang atin-atin lamang, kundi bilang isang komunidad. May kasama. At may ibang naaapektuhan. Magtapon ka ng basura sa kanto, unti-unti itong iipon — mag-aakala ang iba na ok lang magtapon doon. Ipagdasal natin, na lagi nating pag-iisipan ang ating ginagawa at ano ang epekto nito sa ating bayan.

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