Ezra 9:5-9, Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8, Luke 9:1-6
My Beloved, we live in exile here on earth. After we sinned hope was lost to us but the Father who created us in love did not abandon us. We were held in slavery to sin and there was no way we could free ourselves so You sent Your Only Son, into the world one as one of us. He took upon Himself our iniquity and shed His Blood to cleans us from our sins. Washed in the Blood of the Lamb and restored to the family of God, hope is ours once more. Exiles on earth but rejoicing that we are on our way to our eternal home in heaven.
Tobit 13:2-4, 7-8
My Beloved, no one can escape the justice of God we are all subject to this judgment and we will receive our reward or punishment according to our deeds. Because we have a just God we rejoice for He is full of mercy and compassion. He will not destroy the sinner who repents but will heal our wounds and restore to us all the grace we had once squandered.
For all that God has done for us in restoring to us our inheritance through Your obedience to His will, we praise and thank You and we offer You our love and our life for the acceptable sacrifice You offered to the Father in atonement for our sins.
In giving us our mission my Beloved, You have equipped us in the same way You equipped the 12 Apostles. The mandate is the same by virtue of our baptism, we are sent into the world to proclaim God's Kingdom of saving love. You do not send us powerless but have equipped us with all we need with the help of the Holy Spirit and the gifts He makes available to us. You have given us the authority to drive out the darkness of sin and death and to allow Your light to shine through. We are called to trust You completely. The greater our childlike trust in You the greater will be the works You will perform through us.
You ask us to be content with what we have and to be tireless in our labor for the coming of the Kingdom.
Thank You Lord for equipping us! Help us to trust You totally as we go forth in Your Name.