To Be Sent

Matthew 10: 1-7
Gen 41:55-57,42:5-7a,17-24a / Psa 33

…make this proclamation: ‘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 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 Him. 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.’” (Matthew 10: 1-7)

Reflection

The bible tells us that everything in life has a purpose, and we are all born on earth to pursue a mission. In the first reading in the book of Genesis, Joseph, the closest precursor of the Messiah, was sold to slavery in Egypt. But in the divine scheme of things, he turned out to be the savior of the Israelite nation (and even the whole world). Little did Joseph and his brothers know that he was hand-picked by the Lord and given the gift of interpreting dreams for the mission of saving his people from starvation and extinction.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus also hand-picked His twelve apostles for the mission of healing the sick and setting free those possessed by evil spirits. He empowered them for this mission of proclaiming the kingdom of heaven. Like Joseph the patriarch, the apostles were just common folk who did not know what their mission in life was going to be. They had no special qualifications, and even lost heart and abandoned their Master when the authorities arrested Him. But in the end, all of them, except one, proved their worth in building the Church of Christ on earth.

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. By God’s grace and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this has been this author’s avocation for more than four years now, being sent to proclaim our Lord’s message of salvation through the internet. As St. Paul said in his letter to the Romans, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophecy, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Rom.12:6-8) No special skills are needed 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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