Gospel: Mt 10: 1-7
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’“
BUT YOU WOULD NOT LISTEN: The discussion among the brothers of Joseph reminds us of their plot to exterminate him. As humans, they allowed envy to take possession of them, sought to do away with him and to end his dreams. However, they had helped him realize his dreams. It was Gods plan that Joseph be taken away so that he can help them later. In the Gospel we see Jesus sending the twelve back to their people to minister to their needs. When God calls a person from their family it may seem like a loss but in the future God will send them back as a blessing to the family and the community. Men may gather to bring others down because of their talent and gifting but this should make us even better in our calling.
PRAYER: We pray for the grace to be agents of progress, peace and harmony in our families and society.