07 July 2011
Today’s Readings: Gn. 44: 18-21, 23-29 / Mt. 10: 7- 15
Jesus asks the twelve as they go about their mission not to take gold or silver, no sack for the journey or a second tunic or sandals or walking stick. Instead they are to depend on God’s providence which will be manifested in the hospitality of those who receive the good news that they bring.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks us to share the good news: to concentrate on the lost sheep. He will empower us to heal diseases and become signs that God’s rule is a reality. Jesus too, challenges us to bring to our mind the image of contemporary evangelists, the vulnerable apostles who traveled the light. Our mission alone would not be sufficient for us. Charity is the key to our vocation. We are to receive those who bring God’s messages not only those who preach what is familiar but those who bring a vision of the kingdom that pulls us in a new direction.
Loving Father we praise and thank you for making us evangelists in our own time, for allowing us to become signs of your presence in our midst.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.