Lord, keep the missionary dynamism alive in our hearts ... so as to be effective Missionary Disciples of Jesus.
14th Week in Ordinary Time: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Gen. 41:55-57; 42:5-7,17-24;
Ps. 33(32):2-3,10-11,18-19; Mt. 10:1-7 (Ps Wk II)
In the commissioning of the Twelve by Jesus, we are reminded of our mission on earth. We are “to gather the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” These ‘lost sheep’ refer to people who are marginalised and alienated from the main circles of leadership. Jesus had a particular interest and concern for this group of people. Similarly, as individuals and Church, we are to continue this mission among the oppressed and underprivileged in our midst.
To enable us to do this, we draw strength from the Eucharist. It is at the Eucharist that we are empowered to struggle against forces that create unjust structures in our society and to proclaim the Kingdom values.
Some aspects of Christ’s mission are well illustrated in Joseph’s story in the first reading. It is the wisdom of Joseph that helped save many during the ‘worldwide’ famine. His compassion for his own people brought about the final reconciliation. This was revealed in his weeping that is repeated as the story continues.
Jesus’ mission also includes helping people to accept a new way of being, that is, one of justice and love. This makes it so urgent to proclaim the Good News.
Lord, let the missionary dynamism be kept alive in our hearts so as to be effective Missionary Disciples of Jesus.