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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



Todayโ€™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. Okonkwo onyinye says


  2. Boitumelo Malebatsane says


  3. Charles Ndubuisi Ezeji says


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  5. Margaret Awum says

    Amen ๐Ÿ™

  6. Ilokwe Rose Charity says


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  8. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro., good day

  9. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Abba Father for another opportunity to be in your presence. Daddy I am nothing before you and without you I can do nothing. I look up to you for more strength through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen,

  10. Onyekonwu Johnmary Kenechukwu says

    I thank God for his wonderful breakfast. I pray that he gives me the Grace to always be closer to him and work faithfully with him all the days of my life. …. Amen๐Ÿ™

  11. Agina Uchenna says


  12. Mary Chioma Nwauzu says

    May the good Lord give me the grace to have a personal encounter with Him

  13. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  14. Regina Ajua Mobu says


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  17. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen and Amen.

  18. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    I need your presence, Lord Jesus for grace, courage, and strength to persevere Amen.

  19. Onyeoma Ukamaka says


  20. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen brother Kingsley, May HE be with you also today and always

  21. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen ๐Ÿ™ and you too

  22. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen, and with your spirit my priest.

  23. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    AMEN ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™โœ…

  24. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen ๐Ÿ™

  25. Grace uba says


  26. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  27. Munachimso onuoha says


  28. GeraldineMary says

    Amen ๐Ÿ™
    Oh Lord may will always be with you, in good time and in difficult time.

  29. Umeze Rosemary says


  30. Ifesinachi Okeke says

    Amen ๐Ÿ™

  31. Angela Madu says


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  33. Lucy Vena O. says

    Amen. Thank you Padre. God bless you abundantly.

  34. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Thanks Padre

  35. Emelda says


  36. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen. Without God we can do notting, may almighty God help us to be closer to him and have strong faith on him and also trusted him in everything in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

  37. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen. Without God we can do notting, may almighty God help us to be closer to him and have strong faith on him and also trusted him in everything in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Let us feels his presence in all our lives and also have a good relationship with other people in our deals in Jesus name amen.

  38. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

  39. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says


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  41. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  42. Cordelia Agudosi says


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  44. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you brother.

  45. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says


  46. Awodike Florence says

    Lord I pray that you will give me the Grace to remain closer to you and do your work…

  47. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen and remain blessed Fr

  48. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  49. Abuah Judith says

    Amen. Thanks n more grace brother

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