Give Them to God and Let Go!

Hos 11:1-4,8-9 / Mt 10:7-15

Some problems have no easy solutions, but that doesn’t stop the toughest of us from continuing to try, and try, and try again. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And more often than not, persistence pays off.

But there are few problems that can be more intractable than matters of the heart and the challenges of changing hearts. So what are we to do when hearts are frozen in place, and not a good place at that? Jesus addressed this very matter a number of times, and He gives us part of the answer in today’s gospel.

In essence, He tells us never to give up on people, but to recognize that sometimes, no matter what we say or do, certain folks just aren’t ready yet to move forward or to hear the Good News. In that circumstance, Jesus tells us not to badger, get angry, or condemn. Just move on. Shake the dust from your feet and move on. Hold those folks always in prayer, and hope for the future, but let them be.

It’s hard to do, but in the long run, the best gift we have for such folks is our silent, respectful caring and hoping. So when that moment comes, don’t judge, just commend them into God’s hands and let go!

  • Doris Rodriguez

    The Old Testament reading for today reminds me that God will not leave us orphans or cast us into eternal damnation without giving us an opportunity to be redeemed, although we might deserve it because of our idolatrous ways. I only have to look as far as myself to know in my heart that these words are true because no matter how hard I try, I cannot remain faithful to my Lord and my God for as long as it takes a sinful thought to enter my head. I am surrounded and bombarded by worldly distractions, and many of them entice me from my holy walk with the Lord!

    Sometimes I long for the monastic life of the religious souls who have truly taken Christ’s words to heart and left everything to follow Him. I see this same self-sacrifice in the many missionaries all over the world. O precious Lord, where would we be without the intercessory actions of these precious saints whom You have called into Your service? And You call me, too … constantly! And, at times, I respond quickly and enthusiastically … but then I lose momentum and succumb to spiritual and physical laziness.

    And then my heart rejoices when I read and exclaim aloud, “Seek always the face of the Lord!” because that is what I am constantly striving to do! Even amidst all my many failures, my mind and heart constantly returns to the Lord in an attempt to seek His face and know Him in all His glory and majesty! My prayer today, Lord, is that You will continue to woo us with Your loving kindness, to have mercy upon me and my household when we fail You at every turn, and to never stop calling us into greater service that will further your Kingdom on earth! † Amen!