Gospel Reflections

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew 10:26-33

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Angele Lewis

Published: July 02, 2017

This weekend’s readings highlight the joys as well as hardships of discipleship. Chapter 10 of St. Matthew describes  

• the commissioning of the twelve,  

• warnings of persecutions,

• courage under persecution,

• Jesus as a cause of division,  

• and the conditions and rewards of discipleship.

St. Matthew focus on Courage under Persecution (Matthew 10:26-33). Jesus forewarns his disciples that not everyone will welcome them warmly or embrace living in God’s Kingdom! Evangelization is hard work!

Jesus makes three significant points:

• Fear cannot prevent us from proclaiming the Gospel and its challenges.

                 “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” (10:26)

• Jesus promises that we will never be alone in our efforts to do what is right.

                  “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” (10:27)

• In the final judgement God will judge the disciples’ faithfulness to Jesus by the challenges that are a part of their mission.       

                  “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” (10:28)

                  “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So, do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (10:29)

                  “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.” (10:32-33)

Jesus encourages the disciples and attacks the fears that could make them abandon their mission. He also invites them (and us) to discipleship and to a deepening relationship with him and with the community of believers.

Spreading the good news, as a disciple, needs this constant communication and “connections” with others.

For further reflection:

• What fears keep me from sharing my faith?

• How does my prayer influence my actions?






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