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MEMORIAL OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER, PRIEST, SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT DECEMBER 3, 2022





A reading of the holy Gospel according to MT 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8


Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”


REFLECTION

"Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give."


When we come across a sale, a bargain, a good restaurant, vacation spot, good church, or a good preacher our tendency is to share with friends and loved ones our new find. It is in our inborn nature to want to pass along a happy experience with others. St Andrew met Jesus Christ and spread the news that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.


In todays' Gospel, Jesus is teaching, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and curing all diseases and illnesses. Seeing the multitude of lost, abandoned and troubled people, He took great pity on them. He summoned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cure every disease and every illness.


The Holy Spirit whispers to us and puts prayers in our heart. "This is the way, walk in it."

Listen carefully because though you might not know all, you do know enough to show people who God is and you know a priest who is a good shepherd who can help lost souls recover from their wrongs or can help them get back on the right track.


PAPA prays that all priests be good shepherds who defend their flock from the wolves-- guiding, feeding, counselling and forgiving their sins. All in the "persona in Christ". The priest is to help return them to God. But the priests are human and can be affected in a bad way by words and deeds of their flock, and the outside world.


Pray that the priest "persona in Christ" will have the fortitude, holiness, humility, obedience, chastity, poverty, wisdom, zeal, courage, truthfulness and perseverance to be good shepherds.


St Francis Xavier was a good shepherd. He was a founding member of the Jesuit order, preaching the Gospel to the people of the East. In ten short years he established missions in India, Ceylon, Malacca, and Japan.


Pray that priests never lose the grace of God. papamio.org


God Bless You

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