Our Lord sent out the twelve to preach the Good News of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand. He gave them power over unclean spirits, power to cure the sick. He gave them power to cure the sick, to cast out demons and all of these powers; these gifts were given to prove the truth of what they were saying, to confirm the testimony of their witness. But the Lord also warned them that there would be opposition, in this way in telling them I’m sending you out like sheep amongst wolves, He’s telling them that danger is serious. He didn’t just say like sheep in the presence of wolf, but amongst wolves, so all around the enemies were there, ready to attack and destroy. But He says, “Since they’re sheep, they had to be as cunning as serpents, as harmless as doves”. In other words, there task were to change these wolves in to sheep, and that they themselves should not be turned in to wolves for that is where the victory lies – in the wolves becoming sheep. So how were they to do it? As cunning as serpents, and immediately our mind goes back to Eden where the serpent with great cunning deceived our first parents, promising them immortality falsely, wisdom falsely. So they, the Disciples are going out to promise not even a long life but true immortality in as much as we’re destined to… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.