Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II) (19th January, 2018) on the Gospel
1Sam 24:3-21;
Ps 56:2-4.6.11 (R. v.2);
Mk 3:13-19.

Topic: Unless you are taught.
In today’s gospel Jesus appointed the twelve. The gospel reads in part: “And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons” (Mk 3:14-15).
Worthy of note is that they were to be trained by Jesus before going out to preach what they were taught to others. This helped them to know what and how they were to preach. Otherwise some might end up enemies of the master, cf. Matt 12:30: Lk 11:23.
Before His ascension into heaven Jesus said to the apostles: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (Jn 20:21). And Jesus was always faithful to what He learnt from the Father and expects us to do likewise, cf. Jn 8:26; cf. Jn 8:38.
Jesus is the Teacher of all those who truly follow Him, cf. Matt 9:11; 17:24. And there is need for everyone to learn from Jesus before teaching others. One must be docile also, cf. Jn 13:8. And while teaching, one must be faithful to what he/she learnt to remain a friend and brother/sister, cf. Jn 15:14-15; Lk 8:21.
Bible Reading: 1Tim 4:6-16; Jn 13:1-20.
Thought for today: Jesus is our Teacher.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, teach us your ways and help us walk always according to your teaching – Amen.
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