Called to be Sent

Matthew 10: 1-7
Hos 10: 1-3,7-8,12 / Ps 105

… go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
(Matthew 10:7)

Being sent, it is our duty
To share what we have been given;
That in this we may be worthy
To receive the prize of heaven.

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no Samaritan town, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 10: 1-7)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, Jesus hand-picked His twelve apostles for the mission of propagating His Church and proclaiming the Good News of salvation throughout the world. He empowered the twelve for this mission of proclaiming that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

The bible tells us that everything in life has a purpose, and we are all born on earth to pursue a mission. July is the month of mission. It is the time when we meditate on our true purpose and mission in life, and appreciate the renewal of the Holy Spirit in our life.

There are three stages in our renewal: the first is conversion to a new life in Christ; the second is commitment to all His Gospel values; and the third is what we call commissioning, which is putting into reciprocal action what we have received in order to become part of God’s salvation plan. Our Lord Jesus laid out the process for mankind’s redemption when He established His Church on earth, gave us His Word in Scripture, and empowered us with the Holy Spirit. But in God’s love, Christ fulfilled only half of the Father’s plan; He left us the other half to accomplish in order to feel worthy of claiming our heavenly inheritance. His last words before He ascended into heaven were: “”Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, until the end of time.” (Mt.28:19-20)

We are Christ’s apostles. The word “apostle” means “one who is sent”. All of us who feel that we have been called by Christ to this renewal are also being sent to accomplish God’s purpose in our life. As renewed Christians, our ultimate goal is the kingdom of heaven, and our way to that destination is to be one with Jesus, the only Begotten Son of God. To be one with Him is to imitate His life on earth — not necessarily to be crucified — but to practice and proclaim His Good News of love, God’s mercy and salvation. We do not have to possess special skills to become Christ’s apostles. All that is required is our ‘yes!’, our willingness to be sent, and the Holy Spirit will do the rest.

As we have received, Lord God, so we must give. Come, Holy Spirit, lead us where we must be sent so that we may bring the Word of God to those who are still ‘lost’, and that Jesus’ saving grace may also come to dwell in their hearts. Amen.

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