Wednesday 9th July – Wednesday of week 14 of the year
Reflection: Matthew 10:1-7
CALLED TO BE APOSTLES
The word “Apostle”, from the Greek Apostello means “to send forth” or “to dispatch”. An Apostle is one who is sent forth or dispatched; one who is entrusted with a mission. God sent his Son to the earth, and the Son, in turn, sends His apostles in today’s reading to spread the Good news to the world starting from the tribes of Israel. In addition, Jesus plans for the establishment of His Church with the apostles as the leaders. They were to be witnesses of Jesus among the people.
The Jewish nation was integrated into twelve tribes. This is why Jesus called twelve apostles: he wanted them to understand that they were to be the foundation of the new people of God – the Church. The twelve tribes of Israel mean the entire people of God (Revelation 21:14). With this, Jesus designates all of us who come from many nations to accept and proclaim the faith of the apostles. He called those he wanted (Mark 3:13). These, in turn, were to call others into the fold. As members of the Church, each of us can do apostolic work according to our vocation. Christ has called us in our individual capacity to be his disciple; in our workplace, in our school, our home.
Dear friends, we are the new people of God and our duty is share the good news we have with others.
PRAYER: Help me Lord to be your faithful witness wherever I find myself. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 77 – The Apostolic Tradition
In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left Bishops as their successors. They gave them ‘their own position of authority’. Indeed, “the apostolic preaching, which is expressed in a special way in the inspired books, was to be preserved in a continuous line of succession until the end of time.”
HIDE A TREASURE: “Go therefore, and make disciples from all nations…” Matthew 28:19 CCB
Readings for Today: Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12, Psalm 105:2-7, Matthew 10;1-7