Thursday, July 7, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 10:7-15

Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 10:7-15

In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues his instruction to his disciples.  He tells them that they should proclaim this message:  “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Jesus empowers the disciples to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons.

Jesus then instructs his disciples to travel lightly.  They are not to take any money, extra clothing, or sandals with them.   Jesus calls them to trust in the generosity of the people they will be serving.  They are to trust and believe that what they need will be provided for them.  I wonder if the disciples were amazed, surprised, or anxious when they heard Jesus’ instructions.  After all, shouldn’t they take something along for their journey, just in case?

If we are disciples of Jesus, today He also empowers us with the ability to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and drive out demons.  Now take a moment and ask yourself:  How can I help someone who is struggling?  What can I do to share joy, hope, and comfort with the individuals I encounter today?

Jesus gifts us abundantly each day and He calls us to share the gifts and graces we receive with the people in our lives and in our world.  Typically the gifts and graces we have to share often seem insignificant to us:  lending a helping hand, visiting with someone who is lonely, or simply smiling at an individual you pass in the grocery store.  Be alert:  today you may be presented with the perfect opportunity to share your abundance.  Be generous with your smile, laughter, love, and attention!  Truly: there are” no greater gifts”!

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