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JULY 8. Ord Time B. Wk 14. Thu. Mt.10. 7-15

Updated: Sep 10

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘As you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge. Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with a few coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or a staff, for the workman deserves his keep.


‘Whatever town or village you go into, ask for someone trustworthy and stay with him until you leave. As you enter his house, salute it, and if the house deserves it, let your peace descend upon it; if it does not, let your peace come back to you. And if anyone does not welcome you or listen to what you have to say, as you walk out of the house or town shake the dust from your feet. I tell you solemnly, on the day of Judgement it will not go as hard with the land of Sodom and Gomorrah as with that town.’


Faith is the greatest gift a man can possess and it reigns over everything else! No matter how “successful” we might appear; - in the eyes of the world; - nor how we have failed; - in the eyes of the world; - it should be seen as nothing to the man who has faith; - as this gift makes our life circumstances on this earth irrelevant!


And while today’s reading was addressed to the Apostles, it applies equally to each and every Christian; - ‘You have received (Faith) without charge; so bear witness to it without charge!’

But, before we can do this, we have to be aware ourselves of the treasure we have been given!


Have you noticed how your Faith embraces, and gives meaning to every aspect of one’s life; - be it tragedy, sickness, poverty, friendships, employment, or any of life’s circumstances or “successes”; - they are all embraced, and given meaning and value; - by Faith.


And this is especially so in those areas of our life that are the hardest to bear; - our struggles and (apparent) failures; - as these are the means by which we make reparation for our own sins, and the sins of the world.


To the man without Faith, life’s trials and failures are of little or no value; - but to one who has received this gift; - they are the means by which we bear witness; - not just to Faith but to our Love of God; - as we see them as a means to embrace our own Cross; - in union with Christ!


And Christ makes another important point in this Gospel, namely that we do not need any prior materials or circumstances in order to promote Gospel teachings, in fact the less we have the more able we are to live and bear witness to our Faith via Poverty of Spirit!


Which is why Christ told his Apostles; - “Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with a few coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare tunic or footwear or a staff”; - he is telling them (and us) not only we need nothing in order to bear witness to our Faith, but the less we have the more able we are to live it, and bear witness to it.


And the reading concludes with a warning to those who have heard the Gospel message, but refuse to believe:


I tell you solemnly, on the day of Judgement it will not go as hard with the land of Sodom and Gomorrah as with that town!”


Gospel Acclamation Mk1:15


Alleluia, alleluia!

The kingdom of God is near:

repent and believe the Good News!

Alleluia!


First reading Genesis 44:18-21,23-29,45:1-5 Joseph reveals himself to his brothers


Judah went up to Joseph and said, ‘May it please my lord, let your servant have a word privately with my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself. My lord questioned his servants, “Have you father or brother?” And we said to my lord, “We have an old father, and a younger brother born of his old age. His brother is dead, so he is the only one left of his mother, and his father loves him.” Then you said to your servants, “Bring him down to me that my eyes may look on him.” But you said to your servants, “If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not be admitted to my presence again.” When we went back to your servant my father, we repeated to him what my lord had said. So when our father said, “Go back and buy us a little food,” we said, “We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, we will go down, for we cannot be admitted to the man’s presence unless our youngest brother is with us.” So your servant our father said to us, “You know that my wife bore me two children. When one left me, I said that he must have been torn to pieces. And I have not seen him to this day. If you take this one from me too and any harm comes to him, you will send me down to Sheol with my white head bowed in misery.” If I go to your servant my father now, and we have not the boy with us, he will die as soon as he sees the boy is not with us, for his heart is bound up with him. Then your servants will have sent your servant our father down to Sheol with his white head bowed in grief.’


Then Joseph could not control his feelings in front of all his retainers, and he exclaimed, ‘Let everyone leave me.’ No one therefore was present with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers, but he wept so loudly that all the Egyptians heard, and the news reached Pharaoh’s palace.


Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph. Is my father really still alive?’ His brothers could not answer him, they were so dismayed at the sight of him. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come closer to me.’ When they had come closer to him he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not grieve, do not reproach yourselves for having sold me here, since God sent me before you to preserve your lives.’







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