Daily Reflection for Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 41: 55-57; 42: 5-7A, 17-24A
Responsorial: Psalm 33: 2-3, 10-11, 18-19
Gospel: Matthew: 10: 1-7
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“As you go, make this proclamation: The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Matthew 10: 7.
“There’s nothing more obnoxious than a new convert.” Those words stopped me cold. I heard them from one of my mother’s friends soon after I became a Catholic. I had been a Christian and felt a kinship to God my whole life. Becoming a Catholic added the depth of ritual and tradition, the Eucharist and community. I was excited and wanted to share my new life with everyone. But the last thing I wanted was to turn anyone away from Christ.
In the Gospel reading today, Jesus gives us a blueprint for spreading Christianity. The first direction is to do, not to talk. We find it is easy to pass over the commands from Jesus that precede any proclamations: to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons, seek out the worthy to dwell with, spread peace and do not accept recompense. Knowing we are human, we dismiss those commands because we think we are not miracle workers. But, is that true? Does Jesus work through us to make miracles?
Can we as Christians choose to dismiss some of Jesus’ commands? Who are we to judge which commands apply to us and which to do not? Is our faith in ourselves or Jesus?
We are told to do these things. We know the power is in God, not ourselves. That is faith. That is trust. That is God’s will.
God asks us to walk the walk of Christ before we talk. Where will your path take you today? Whose life might Jesus touch through you? Enjoy your journey!
God’s Blessings to You!