Gospel Reading: 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 rather 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.”
Jesus gave them authority. How great are the powers given by Jesus to the Twelve: “authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.” These are the powers that He has been using and is now passing on to them. But they are not to use them for their own gain but for others: “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
We must remember that the works of ministry are not to be used to make money. They are to be given gratis, without cost. Whatever is asked of the faithful should be considered a love offering, not a payment, for who can pay adequately for the services given by the Church, like Mass and Confession?
What do you think should the Church ministers do to avoid commercializing Church services?
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