Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - Thirteenth Sunday of the year - What is that thing, who is that person, which is that event that is not allowing you to be free? What will you do about it today?

To read the texts click on the texts: 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16; Rom 6:3-4,8-11; Mt 10:37-42

The Gospel text of today is from the last part of the Mission Discourse in the Gospel of Matthew (10:1-42). In this discourse, Jesus gives his disciples a theology for Mission. In it Jesus explains that Mission is to say and do. It is both spiritual and practical. Jesus also provides a strategy for Mission when he sends hos disciples out. This strategy may be summed up in one word which is Detachment. The disciples are called to be detached from things, places and even persons. This means that when one has to choose between Mission and family, the choice must be for Mission.

The verses of the Gospel text of today make up the conclusion of Matthew’s Mission Discourse. The choice is a difficult one to make and sometimes it may be between even family and one’s conscience. Loyalty to Jesus has priority over loyalty to anyone else or anything, indeed even over life itself.

If one is willing to share the cross of Jesus, one will also be given the privilege of his authority. The discourse ends with the affirmation that the disciple is always a representative or ambassador of Jesus and any good done to the disciple will be considered as good done to Jesus himself.

We must keep in mind that the only Jesus that people today can see and touch is the Jesus that we make known through our words and actions. He has allowed us to share in his mission. This is also an enormous privilege, but entails a tremendous responsibility.

The first reading of today confirms Jesus’ words. The woman who had shown concern for Elisha because he was a prophet is rewarded with a son. What is impossible for humans is possible for God. This possibility extends even to raisng the dead to life. Jesus had shown this in his ministry when he raised Jairus’ daughter, the son of the widow of Nain and Lazarus. However, God had shown this in the most preeminent of ways when he raised Jesus from the dead.

This is why Paul call the community at Rome and each one of us to fidelity to Christ which is shown in our willingness to die to self so that we might live for God in Jesus his son.

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