readings from Amos and Mark tell about people who receive
a mission. In both cases the people with the mission are
rather ordinary: Amos is a shepherd and tree dresser, the
apostles are mostly fishermen.
They symbolize the ordinary
people through whom God works for the salvation of the world.
people stay out of the struggle for a better world, believing
that only important people and the specially talented
make a difference. They should remember this shepherd and
These messengers carry similar messages. The apostles preached the need for repentance,
that is, the need for people to change their way of living.
Amos also spoke about
the need to live differently, and that is why the priest was throwing him out
of Bethel. The established religion of the Northern Kingdom, centered in Bethel,
felt threatened by this prophet of social justice.
In the religion of Amos, God "proclaims
peace to his people and justice shall look down from heaven so that justice and
peace shall kiss." Amaziah wanted nothing of that.
The apostles were to take nothing with them on the journey but their companionship
("two by two") and the authority they received from Jesus. Their mission
was to confront the evil embodied in society and to "reject what is contrary
to the Gospel."
laity share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal
office of Christ and therefore have their own role
to play in the mission of the whole People of God
in the Church and in the world. They exercise a genuine
apostolate by their activity on behalf of bringing
the gospel and holiness to men, and on behalf of
penetrating and perfecting the temporal sphere of
things through the spirit of the Gospel.”
II, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (1965)
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