Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Do these If You truly want to work for God: Reflection on Mark 3:13-19.


Breakfast with the Word Friday 2nd week of Ordinary Time of the Year



Today’s gospel of Mark 3:13-19, says that after Jesus withdraws from the synagogue, He goes up to the mountain and calls to himself the people He wants to work with. They come up to Him. Jesus appoints twelve of them.


He appoints them for three reasons. They are; to be close to Him, that is to be His closest companions, to send them out to proclaim the message of salvation and finally, to have the authority to expel and cast away demons.




We need the Other Person.


All these while, these people have been following Jesus until today when Jesus officially appoints them to be His disciples. Jesus would have done this work alone and leave. But He appoints men to work and be with Him.


These are men who are going to continue His work after His time on earth. In this gospel of Mark 3:13-19, Jesus emphasizes the need for collaborative work. Therefore, He is telling us that no one achieves it alone. We always need the other person.



In essence, if we truly want to work for God, we need to learn how to work cordially with others and use our gifts and talents together. This is a work of God and not ours. We are mere instruments God uses to touch the world.

What two or more people do with a good heart and collaborative Spirit will yield more benefits than what one person is doing. In everything we do, we need that little thing that the other person can offer. Never underrate or underestimate anyone.




Always Be Close to the Owner of the Work.


In this gospel of Mark 3:13-19, the reading says that He appoints them first that they might be with Him before sending them out.


Therefore, these men are to be His closest companion in good and in bad times. They are to live with Him, go with Him wherever He goes, have constant interaction with Him, have a daily encounter with Him, listen to His teachings etc.


Therefore, they have to learn a lot from Him. Jesus spends more time with these men, teaching, training and directing them.


In the same way, God chooses us for different missions and different tasks. So, if we truly want to work for Him, we have to work with Him. We need Him to be close to Him in every moment of our lives.



We need to have moments with the Lord and spend time with Him. Jesus knows that His disciples do not need to jump into the work. They need a time of instructions on how to and what to do.



Jesus wants that daily encounter and close relationship from us. It is through this relationship that we can draw daily strength, daily inspiration and graces.



Therefore, we always need to refer to the owner of the work. He knows what He calls you to do in this world and how you are to do it. Any time we spend with the Lord is not in vain.





Without the Lord.



In John 15:5, Jesus calls Himself the vine, while we are His branches. This vine supplies the support, strength, balance, food, to the branches.



When these branches are cut off from the vine, their source of food, strength, power, balance is cut off. This is what happens when we cut ourselves off from the Lord. He nourishes us, He gives us strength even in our weaknesses, and blesses us with abundant graces for the work.



In this gospel of Mark 3:13-19, Jesus gives the apostles authorities to cast out demons. In essence, the gospel (Mark 3:13-19), reveals that we share only in His authority. We are not merely going to depend on ourselves but continually refer to the Lord who nourishes us with the gifts and graces we need.



When Judas separated himself from the Lord, he headed for destruction, when the apostles were not with the Lord after his death, they were caged and overpowered by fear.




So, we need to have time with who we come to work for. He gives us courage, strength and power to overcome.



Jesus knows what we need more than anyone does. Through God’s ever-abiding presence and authority, we can conquer fortresses. Every authority, both in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. (Matthew 28:18).



If we truly want to work for God, we need to approach His presence always. We need also to continually spend time with Him. When we spend time with the Lord, He blesses us with enormous strength, graces, friends, support and inspiration to do the work. Therefore, Let us always seek His presence.


May God bless you dearest and give us the strength to remain close to Him. May His ever abiding presence be with you today. Amen.


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  1. Beatricekc says

    Amen. Jesus, give me the grace to always seek your presenceπŸ™

    1. Mulerwa Rosemary says

      Amen Amen Amen today marks the end of the novena and. Thank God that my life has not rained the same I ask mother Mary the undoer of all knots to continue undoing all tied knots in my life thank you Jesus thank you lord

    2. Adeline Chidimma says

      Amen. God I need your Grace to always do your will and not my.

  2. Ibe Calista Chinenye says

    Amen πŸ™

    1. Ifeoma N says

      Father Lord, cut off from you, we can do nothing. May your grace never allow us to separate ourselves from you.
      Give us the strength and nourishment we need to remain steadfast to our calling Amen.
      Holy Mary our hope, handmaid of the Lord, pray for us.

      1. Okwuchi Juliet says

        Amen. Lord I thank You. Our Lady Undoer of Knots I thank You.

    2. Kaycee Omeke says

      God may You always be present in my life. Amen

      Thank you Fr.

      1. Ogechi Anugwom says

        Amen πŸ™
        I need Your everlasting strength and wisdom in every area of my life Oh Lord I pray in Jesus name Amen.

      2. Anyiam Cornelia says

        Oh Lord give me the grace to always remain in you all the days of my life. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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  5. Onukwugha Florence says

    Oh Lord, Please give me the Grace and Strength to always Come Closer to you and Serve you the way that will pleased you.So that at the end,you will Crown me with your Glory.Remain Blessed Father…

  6. Onukwugha Florence says

    Oh Lord, Please give me the Grace and Strength to always Come Closer to you.So that at the end,you will Crown me with your Glory.Remain Blessed Father…

    1. Jane says

      Amen, God give me the grace to give myself to you fully Amen



  8. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen and amen

  9. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. God, please draw me closer to You and give me the grace to understand that You are the source of my life. Make me to understand that without You, I can do nothing.

    1. Obika Chidimma says

      Amen, God bless you Fr.

  10. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for nourishing me with your delicious breakfast for the past twenty one days. Lord grant me grace to be in your presence and do the work according to your directives in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  11. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  12. Nonye Maduka says


  13. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen, and with your spirit.

  14. Emmanuel Chimezie Chidoka says


    Thank you onye Ukochukwu anyi

  15. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    A take home from today’s reflection is the need to be close to the owner of the work we’re doing, that is , the spiritual works of bringing the good news to all man and winning souls for Christ. This is an area many modern Christian a lacking in their mission and tend to do it as if it’s their work. That is when you see a Christian living in pride, looking down on “sinners”, doing things of their own authority, interpreting the words of God to suit their selfish interest. These apply to ministers of God and laymen alike, forgetting that there’s One who has called us to this work and we’re answerable to him.
    May God help us.

    1. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

      Amen and Amen.. I Thanked God Almighty for the strength and power to follow the journey of 21day Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots despite all the overcome temptations..oh yes Mary Undoer of Knots undo every impossible things to be possible during the period of the journey for me…I pray may her favor continue to shower upon me and may her continue to empower me to be more closer to her son Jesus Christ all the day of my life…I also use this medium to pray that God with his infinity mercy Bless, strengthen and empower Rev fr. Sanctus for all the works and guidance to his people to always have faith and trust in God and mother Mary…Mary Undoer of Knots..pray for us..

      1. Sanctus Mario says


  16. Otokpa Elijah says

    Lord give me the grace to be closer to you always

  17. Ada Ndubuisi says


  18. Ugwoke rose says

    I need your grace to follow because your grace is enough for me

  19. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    My Lord Jesus, may I always seek for your presence AmenπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  20. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen may God help me

  21. Chisom Egwudike says


  22. Blessing Chilo says

    Give me the grace oh Lord to always relish being in your presence through Christ our Lord Amen

  23. Kubiat says

    Abide with us oh Jesus. Hear us when we call. Keep us desiring more of your presence and grant us your salvation. Amen

  24. Gloria Azuka Obiora says

    Amen Lord Jesus give me the grace and enablement to seek only your face and and to abide with you

  25. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus

  26. Grace Momoh says

    To God be praised both now and forever for such previlage, strength and grace to accomplished this 21 days novana.thank you fr for the inspiring text messages and words of encouragement, God bless you abundantly.

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  29. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says


  30. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen. Lord give me the grace to always seek your presence in all that I do .

  31. Nwoye Ngozi says


  32. Ozioko Evangeline Nneka says

    Thank you jesus for making it possible for this novena to come to an end with the blessings that followed it .thank you my lorddddd



  34. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says


  35. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus

  36. Peter Anthony Dodoh says


  37. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Lord give me the grace to serve you always and to always be in your presence.Amen!

  38. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen. Father, I really need your grace in my life, amen

  39. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Lord give me the grace to serve you always and to always be in your presence.



  41. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr… May God give us the grace to seek his presence always in all that we do to serve him & to remain close to him always as we are called by him. May he always abide with us in Jesus name, Amen

  42. Cynthia Okwara says

    Thank you lord for always Nourishing us with your words, may we always abide in you and with you. Amen


    Oh lord my God, please give me the grace to be closer to you especially in good times and not only in bad times, give me grace to love you and always be with you and never to leave your presence for anything less. Amen

  44. Okeke Chioma Agatha says


  45. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen. Thank You Lord!

  46. Nwabueze chioma says

    Amen πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  47. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen. I need thee every hour most Blessed Lord!!! Thank You Lord. Thank You Our Lady Undoer of Knots.

  48. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    (Singing) Draw me closer, draw me closer, Lord! Draw me closer closer to Thee. Oh! My songs everyday, Father draw me closer; draw me closer, closer to Thee!
    Lord, here I am; send me!
    I need You, Lord. I need daily encounter with You. Never allow me to be separated from You.
    Here I am, Lord; send me!
    Chukwu goziere m gi, Padre Mia. May the good Lord visit you at the point of your needs! A big AMEN!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½ Daalu!

  49. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  50. Prince Gee says

    Amen! And God bless you too…!
    Indeed, we need God in everything about us, more so because through Him, we can receive all our needs, and additionally achieve all our good desires even without asking…!

  51. Michael Jones says


  52. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  53. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. O, Lord give me the grace to always do Your will. Amen

  54. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, may God give us the grace to always remain in him all the days if our life.

  55. Blessing Anne says

    Lord I need your grace to be closer to you always πŸ™

    Thank you Padre for all you do
    More strength and wisdom πŸ™

  56. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen . I pray for the grace to always be in the presence of the Lord.

  57. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Amen, thank you Lord for your word I depend solely on you oh God

  58. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, God bless you Fr

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  60. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  61. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

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