“Jesus summoned The Twelve, sending them out with authority over unclean spirits.”
We are the disciples that Jesus summons today. By virtue of our Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion, Jesus calls us and sends us to proclaim and live the Joy of the Gospel. Baptism makes us disciples and disciples of Jesus are those who have been called by Jesus to bring the message of God’s love to others.
As we respond to the summons, let us remember that we are being sent to a people who, with us, struggle with the ever present “unclean spirits.” These unclean spirits are not simply ghosts or duppies or what have you. They are the evil spirit of envy, greed, selfishness, vulgarity, pride, anger. These unclean/evil spirits are relentless and can at times make us feel that they have power over us. Notice though, that Jesus gave and gives his disciples authority over the unclean spirits.
Are you a disciple? Then remember, though your Baptism, Jesus summoned you and sent you with authority over the unclean spirits you encounter. You therefore have no more evil to fear whenever you experience evil spirits. You have authority over all evil. If “unclean spirits continue to plague us individually and by extension our family and the society at large, it’s because we are not using properly the authority that Jesus in his mercy entrusted to us. Yes you have the power, you have the authority use it.
Fr. Clement Paul