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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 11, A.D. 2001

Gen.41:55-57;42:5-7a
Psalm 33:2-3,10-11,18-19
Matthew 10:1-7


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's Gospel we hear the names of the Apostles who were called by Jesus and sent to announce the coming of the reign of God. On commissioning them Jesus gave them very specific instructions; namely, not to go into any pagan territory, but instead to go after the lost sheep of the house of Israel - their friends, family and acquaintances - people they knew and who knew them and the heritage they shared.

In examining their mission we can see how "relatively" easy it would have been to be missionary of the Word to those totally unfamiliar with Jesus and the Gospel He preached. By comparison, spreading the Good News to those they lived with, worked with and knew to some degree, was more difficult. They had to be authentic. It wasn't enough for them to speak holy words, they had to live holy lives.The same applies to us who would be missionaries of the Word. We must first go after those in our "house" who are lost.

As difficult and sometimes impossible as it seems, that is what each one of us is called to do. By virtue of our baptism God who called and commissioned us, will also give us every grace required. Let us, then, through the strengthening effects of daily prayer and frequent meditation on the Word of God, learn as the Apostles did, to extend the kingdom of God in our own "house" first and then to the whole world.

Shine on the world like bright stars;
you are offering it the word of life. (Philippians 2:15-16)

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds




St. Benedict http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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