Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 9, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
A reflection on today's Scripture:
In today's gospel reading according to Matthew, Jesus gives his disciples the authority to drive out unclean spirits and the ability to heal the sick. He also gives them strict instructions not to visit the Samaritans or the Pagans but only the Jews.
Why would He make such a request when we know that Jesus came to save everyone?
Part of the answer lies in the fact that Jesus wanted to create a foundation. He emphasized the importance of a foundation in Matthew 7:24-25, "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock."
Jesus wanted the Church that He was creating to be built on a strong foundation, a firm beginning: the Jewish people. Salvation belongs not only to the Jews, but also to the entire world, just as we are first called to be witnesses at home, then through word and/or action to co-workers, acquaintances and those we randomly meet.
What should be noted is that Matthew identified all the disciples by name before Jesus gave them their instructions to go out and proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Matthew wants us to know who is creating this foundation for Jesus. Later in Matthew 16, Jesus tells us what our foundation is: "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
Even though we are called to create a foundation at home and to be a witness to all, this foundation must be built on solid rock—on the Church—which Jesus created nearly two thousand years ago and named Peter as its first Pope.
- Danielle Robertson
Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest and martyr,
and companions, martyrs
Lives of the saints:
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