Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WEDNESDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Gn 41: 55 – 57; 42: 5 – 7a, 17 - 24a / Mt 10: 1 – 7
GOSPEL READING: Mt 10: 1 – 7
Then Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over the unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon, the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, the man who would betray him.
Jesus sent these twelve on mission with the instruction: "Do not visit pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the people of Israel.
"Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near."
"The kingdom of heaven is near." This was the message of Jesus. This was the message the Twelve and his other disciples were commissioned to preach.
We, like the apostles, are tasked to speak God's words and to bring healing to those who need it. But then you may ask? "Why would God choose me?" You may think yourself unworthy of such an "honor" and feel that you have nothing to offer. But are you really different from any of the Twelve? His twelve apostles consisted of ordinary fishermen, a tax collector and even one who ultimately sold him for thirty pieces of silver.
Jesus chose them not because they seemed qualified or extraordinary: there is great mystery in God's choices and plans. He chooses on what he knows; he knows what they were capable of doing under his guidance and example.
We just have to take the leap and let God take us. We can, like the apostles and his early disciples, but perhaps most unlikely, cure diseases and cleanse lepers and cast out unclean spirits.
However, "healing" does not come only in the form of medical miracles. Healing assumes many forms – life effecting a change of heart, comforting the discouraged ones, spreading God's message of hope and love to those in need. Healing may be done by anyone – a doctor, a teacher, a caregiver, a friend, a carpenter. Serving and bringing hope are not grand gestures: they come in doing little things every day to help others, for the greater glory of God.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Have a good day!
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