Matthew 10:1-15 Douay-Rheims 

10 And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities.

And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,

James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus,

Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not.

But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give.

Do not possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your purses:

10 Nor scrip for your journey, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff; for the workman is worthy of his meat.

11 And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there abide till you go thence.

12 And when you come into the house, salute it, saying: Peace be to this house.

13 And if that house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it; but if it be not worthy, your peace shall return to you.

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet.

15 Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

(Excuse problem with both italics and quotation settings today, please.)

There are some Catholics who refuse to say the Luminous Mysteries, the rosary mysteries of Light. I have come to love these mysteries, and especially, one which may seem not like a “mystery” concerning the Life of Christ. This is the Third Mystery of Light, the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God.

This passage is one in the Ignatian Exercises which I am undertaking, and one may ask, why is this a mystery of Christ?

The mysteries, an old word, btw, referring to the events in the life of Jesus and Mary, comes from the word, “misterium” meaning “occupation”, or event.  The medieval English mystery plays were about the stories of salvation, the history of redemption, from the Old and New Testaments. The tales of Creation, Adam and Eve, and the Raising of Lazarus, are just some of the topics of these plays, which taught people the love of God as revealed through the events in the Bible. The term “occupation” had to do with both the guilds which financially supported and put on these dramas, (some with acting and some merely tableaux), and the work of God in the world, through the Old Testament history of God’s intervention, as well as the great events of Christ’s Life.

That the Luminous Mysteries highlight events in salvation history pertaining to the Life of Christ, such as the Baptism in the Jordan and the Manifestation of Christ’s power at the Wedding Feast at Cana, seems to upset some people who do not understand the true meaning of mystery, as well as the graces which may be gained through the meditation on these events in the Life of Christ.

St. Ignaius understood these graces.

Today, meditating again, as repetition is part of the Exercises, I could see the great value of thinking about the sendng out of the apostles from Matthew’s Gospel. Notice in the above passage the type of power given to the Twelve, to heal, to raise people from the dead, to preach, to teach, to lead people to Christ.

All of us are called to do great things for God. But, why do these not happen, some may ask?

Because Catholics do not “try’ to be disciples, they do not use the gifts God has given them. Many times I have been tempted not to share the Good News, either out of fatigue or weariness of spirit. But, God meets one in such sharings, giving grace to both and all involved in such love.

Those who complain or refuse to say the Luminous Mysteries have missed the point of mystery in their own lives. The mysterious movement of the Holy Spirit in meeting and cleansing souls waiting and willing to hear the Word of God, but who may never had anyone sit and talk with them.

We are all thirsty for the truth. Christ is the Light of the World, the Living Water, but only by sharing the Good News, our baptismal duty, can we fulfull the vocation to which Christ has called us.

I have seen the 1977 and 1985 versions of the Mystery Plays created in England. I suggest that those who do not want to use the Luminous Mysteries watch those, and also follow the example of St. Ignatius, who guides us to consider the sending out of the apostles, the Proclamation of the Kingdom, one of the greatest graces which God has given us.