MY daily reflection and prayer:
Friday, July 10, 2015
Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 10:16-23
Jesus Christ says, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
WHEN I read and contemplate the Gospel today, I’m impressed with this word of Jesus. He says to his disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). What does Jesus mean that we must be sheep in the midst of wolves?
It’s clear that, in the meantime, as his disciples, we have to face opposition and persecution from those who oppose the Gospel and the coming of God’s kingdom. But we must also have the readiness to serve him and face hardship for Christ and his kingdom. This is the risk of our discipleship.
If we chose to follow him so we would be like sheep in the midst of wolves. This may be not the message we prefer to hear. Nonetheless, our privilege is to follow in the footsteps of the Lord and Master who willingly laid down his life for us in order to bring us victory over Satan, sin, and death.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist while worshipping Jesus Christ we learn to be willing to accept hardship and suffering in serving him and others. As his disciples we are sheep in the midst of wolves. But we never walk alone for Jesus Christ would always be with us and strengthen us all.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, help us to patiently and joyfully accept the hardships, adversities, and persecution which come our way in serving you and your people. May we always be your servant of love, truth,and goodness. Please, strengthen our faith and give us courage that we may not shrink back from doing your will every where you send us now and forever. Amen.
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