Christ Prepares Us to Receive Him

First Reading: 1 Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

Psalm: 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Gospel: Mt 10:1-7

Jesus started his apostleship by choosing 12 men from among common people. He taught them through parables, through various teaching, by example and through miracles. He taught them that the kingdom of heaven is not what they imagined it to be.

Until today, the power of Jesus’ message transforms us into doing ourshare in his mission. It opens our eyes to what he has done; it opens our ears to his teachings. But even more so, his message restores us to a better way of life, a life reborn of the Holy Spirit – a new life. This transformation comes from believing. For every house that welcomes this peace, the peace remains. For every house that rejects his message of peace, the peace departs.

Jesus instructed his disciples to start with the lost sheep of Israel instead of going into pagan and Samaritan territory because he knew that these people were not yet ready to accept the Good News. On the contrary, the Jews possessed the laws of the covenant since the time of their ancestors. It was their tradition and way of life. Jesus knew that this was the key to their beliefs and entrusted this knowledge to Peter and the other apostles. As witnesses to his teachings, they were empowered to bring the Good News to the Jews and later, when they were ready, to the Gentiles.

Have we considered our own calling lately? Have we reviewed our lives? Let’s take a few minutes to reflect on Jesus’ plans for our salvation.