Friday 13th July, 2012
St Henry II. DAY OF PENANCE. Hosea 14:2–10. My mouth will declare your praise—Ps 50(51):3–4, 8–9, 12–14, 17. Matthew 10:16–23.
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‘I am sending you out like sheep among the wolves.’
Jesus made it quite clear that following him was not going to be easy: ‘You will be universally hated on account of my name.’ The disciples must have noticed how Jesus was treated by the scribes and teachers of their community. These so-called leaders weren’t moved by his words or actions, as the crowds who followed him were. Instead they reviled and criticised him and plotted to kill him.
Jesus promised the disciples that the Spirit would be with them forever and if they stood firm they would be saved. This is what he tells us as he sends us out each day. He asks us to reach out to the lost sheep in our lives and communities and to offer healing, peace and love. Let us give thanks and be glad that we hear it today!