Intention: That, as disciples of Christ, we, too, may welcome into our lives the stranger, the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, and the marginalized.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 10:1-7
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 Jesus.
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.’”
From the Fifteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Another reward in this life that those who work for the salvation of souls receive is their consolation in seeing God served well by those whom they have instructed and in realizing that their work has not been useless but has served to save those whom they were called upon to instruct.
…It is indeed a great glory for you to instruct your disciples about the truths of the Gospel solely for the love of God. This thought made the Teacher of the Nations always find consolation and, according to the testimony he has given, filled him with overflowing joy in the midst of his afflictions. You too must consider it a great personal reward, this consolation that you feel at the bottom of your heart, that the children whom you instruct behave well, know their religion thoroughly, and live a life of piety. Thank God with all your heart for all these kinds of rewards that he gives you in advance in this life.
Eternal Father, your Son gathered his disciples and sent them forth so that the Kingdom of God might touch others through them. We pray today for open hearts and minds to hear his call to do the same in our own world. Help us to be your voice as you gather us into the wholeness of your love, so that we will fulfill well our duty to love one another and to care for all, especially those who are most in need of welcome and healing. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.