JULY 7. Ord Time B. Wk.14. Wed. Mt. 10.1-7
Updated: Sep 10
Jesus summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is 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 Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the one who was to betray him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows:
‘Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’
This reading is about individuals being called by God to fill particular vocations or missions, and we may look at this calling of the Apostles and say “what does this have to do with me?’
Well, the answer is, we have all been called by God to fulfill individual roles while on earth, and each and every one of these “vocations” is unique, and has to be carried out within the framework of our unique life circumstances.
Our Blessed Lady was called to fulfill her vocation; - the Apostles were called to fulfill their vocation; - Priests and Religious are called to fulfill their vocations; - married couples are called to fulfill their vocations; - and so on right down the line to the latest baby who was born today.
Sadly, because there are so many of us, we easily lose sight of our individual missions and vocations, thinking “we are all the same”; - but when we pause and reflect we quickly see this is not true; - because, despite there being so many people in the world, we can easily observe that we each live in different circumstances; - and with different God-given duties.
In today’s reading it is also pointed out the Apostles were each given the authority and power they needed to do their job; - another point that remains true for ourselves.
The hardships of Poverty, the burden of ill health, the inability to fall pregnant, the birth of a stillborn, addictions to various substances, the death of a child; - none of these tragic circumstances come about in isolation, as they are all part of an individual’s life mission; - that was allocated by God prior to conception; - together with the necessary powers and abilities!
Each of us has been given the “power and authority” we need to carry out our individual mission within the framework of our God-given circumstances!
While the “call and mission” of the Blessed Virgin Mary involved particular responsibilities and duties unique to Mary, the actual “call” is the same for all of God’s people. We may not have received our mission in life from the hands of an angel; - but we certainly received the same “call” within our unique life mission; - and each of us knows very well what God wants of us at any particular time!
And; - as Christians; - we all share in the same life mission given to the Apostles, namely; - “To proclaim (by the way we live our lives) that the Kingdom of God is close at hand!”
Gospel Acclamation Mk1:15
The kingdom of God is near:
repent and believe the Good News!
First reading Genesis 41:55-57,42:5-7,17-24 Joseph's brothers in his power
When the whole country of Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread. But Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, ‘Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.’ There was famine all over the world. Then Joseph opened all the granaries and sold grain to the Egyptians. The famine grew worse in the land of Egypt. People came to Egypt from all over the world to buy grain from Joseph, for the famine had grown severe throughout the world.
Israel’s sons with others making the same journey went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan. It was Joseph, as the man in authority over the country, who sold the grain to all comers. So Joseph’s brothers went and bowed down before him, their faces touching the ground. When Joseph saw his brothers he recognised them. But he did not make himself known to them, and he spoke harshly to them. Then he kept them all in custody for three days.
On the third day Joseph said to them, ‘Do this and you shall keep your lives, for I am a man who fears God. If you are honest men let one of your brothers be kept in the place of your detention; as for you, go and take grain to relieve the famine of your families. You shall bring me your youngest brother; this way your words will be proved true, and you will not have to die!’ This they did. They said to one another, ‘Truly we are being called to account for our brother. We saw his misery of soul when he begged our mercy, but we did not listen to him and now this misery has come home to us.’ Reuben answered them, ‘Did I not tell you not to wrong the boy? But you did not listen, and now we are brought to account for his blood.’ They did not know that Joseph understood, because there was an interpreter between them. He left them and wept.