Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time/ July 08, 2020
Gospel: Matthew 10: 1-7
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus summoned His twelve Apostles and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and cure every disease and every illness. He then, gave these instructions, “Go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
We can see in the Gospel that Jesus chose His ‘learners’ to be an ‘Apostle’- a person sent, and He share with them His own missionary journey. He chose them to be ‘masters and interpreters’ of the ways of God for man. So, “Discipleship” here is initiated by Jesus Christ himself, “It is not you, who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15:16). It is not we who initiate to work for the Kingdom but Jesus Christ himself. We are chosen by Jesus to be part of His own missionary works. We only respond to the invitation and call of the Lord Jesus. As Jesus chose His Apostles one by one, we are also chosen by the Lord Jesus in a unique and special way. We are chosen to be part of His plan of salvation here on earth.
If you can see that Jesus chose simple people but dedicated in serving the Lord. Jesus did not chose the wise and the prudent, but those people who do not seek fame; the lowly and humble fishermen of Galilee, the tax collectors, and well known sinners. People who believe and trust only God. Jesus chose those people whom the world considers fools and ignorant, and sinners, so that the world may know that God is alive, and present, to shame the wise and those who reject the Gospel.
Friends, we are also chosen by the Lord Jesus in spite of our weaknesses and failures. But the Lord do not look our being sinfulness, our being a failure, but He looks our capacity, and courage to start again everyday whenever we fall on the ground. May we have always the courage to follow the footsteps of the Lord Jesus and become His true disciple, so that we may glorify Him, and become channels of love and mercy.
Prayer: Abba, thank You for choosing us to become Your bearer of the Gospel – Jesus Christ. May we always be faithful in our works of charity, towards our brothers and sisters. May we become channels of Your love and mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.