Read Matthew 10:26-33
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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?