Season of Apostleship

Season of Apostleship, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers the 9-12 Weeks of Ordinary Time in Year A.  The radio show airs June 2008 on Catholic radio KDUA.  Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, Season of Apostleship challenges God’s people to listen to his call and prepare to be sent out as witnesses.  See the outline and references of the show below.  Copies of this program are available on CD.  Please enter Ref. LSC 108-A on the Books  mail order form.


Outline of Season of Apostleship

God prepared the disciples to be sent out.  As they were sent they became apostles.  In such a way God now sends our voices out on the airwaves and the internet ions to explain his teaching and to witness his great love for the people.

Healing recurs as concrete proof of God’s love and concern for the people, but healing of the body is temporary and is meant to ease suffering during life on earth.  Look more deeply at the passages that reveal the path to eternal life. 

Notice that life passes away even for those chosen to witness the glory of the Lord on earth and those who traveled with Jesus did not avoid suffering in their life on earth—signifying the grace that is needed to brace against “hard” times.

As you read the Gospels, tied to one another, you see the larger picture of the Kingdom of God—the light reveals God’s purpose of the Church—that all might have the opportunity that Paul received—personal revelation of the person of Christ, personal relationship, indwelling within the Body of Christ so as to be able to follow the Way and to show the Way to others.

As Jesus called the 12 he now calls the listeners.  Each listener is as important to Jesus as was the first twelve.  Not all are called to the “complete” focus of these but each is “sent forth” to share all that you have been given.

As grace continues to change lives the grace provides light on the particular focus of each unique life.  Without fulfillment of God’s plan—who knows the number of hairs on your head—the fullness of fulfillment is lacking.  In God’s sovereign power the majority find their Way yet free will allows many to turn away as they embrace darkness.

Continue to look at the first reading to continue the flow.  The focus is your apostleship.  How are you sent forth? 
What wonderful things have not taken place because you have rejected God’s plan?

As always “repent”.  As Peter repented his denial so must you.  Seek to glorify God even in hard times.  For these shall pass away but his love shall never pass away!

References for Season of Apostleship:

Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.   

Matthew chapter 10: 7-8, as Jesus sent out the apostles he told them to proclaim, “‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.”
Strong’s Concordance, James Strong.   Thomas Nelson Publishers 1996.   Greek Dictionary #652. “Ap-os-tol-os…a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel and officially a commissioner of Christ”.  “apostle”, “messenger”, and “he that is sent”. 

 Galatians 1: 15-16 “But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles”
Matthew 8:18 “When Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to cross to the other side.  A scribe approached Him and said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.  Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Another of His disciples said, “Let me go first and bury my father.”  Jesus said to him, “Follow Me and let the dead bury the dead.””  

 Matthew 7: 21-23 “Jesus said to his disciples:  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’”
Matthew 16:18 Jesus names Simon ‘Peter’ which means ‘rock’
Acts of the Apostles 9:19-20 “disciples in Damascus, he immediately began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues”
Copyright (c) 2007 Catholic News Service/USCCB. Pope Benedict XVI announced a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul, saying the church needs modern Christians who will imitate the apostle’s missionary energy and spirit of sacrifice.”  “The pope said the Pauline year will run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, to mark the approximately 2,000th anniversary of the saint’s birth.”
Lector guide by James L. Weaver 2008 A, page 190 about 11th Sunday ordinary Matthew 9:36-10:8  “While it is clear that the kingdom of heaven means God’s rule, authority, or power exercised in human affairs, it is quite hard to say much beyond this about what Jesus precisely meant by the term.”