Thoughts on the readings for Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings

Imagine what was going through the minds of the Twelve. Jesus calls them to leave their work to follow Him. Then He gives them their job description (yesterday) – they were to cure the sick, raise the dead to life and drive out demons. They probably thought, “How can we do this?”

Now in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells them, “I am sending you like sheep among wolves.” You will be scourged, hated and persecuted.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I think I would be ready to run at that moment. I am being called from what I know and from my comfort zone. I am being asked to do things that seem humanly impossible. Now I’m being told that this will lead to persecution.

Why would these men continue on the mission? It was because they had met the person of Jesus, the Messiah, God-with-us. He was worth leaving everything behind. He was worth being scourged, hated and persecuted. He was worth dying for.

(Taken from somewhere on the net, but I can’t remember where!)

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