Friday 10 July 2020

About Today Readings

Hosea 14:2-10. My mouth will declare your praise – Psalm 50(51):3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17. Matthew 10:16-23.

‘The Spirit of your Father will be speaking you’

‘Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.’ (Matt 7:6)

The verse above came to mind while I read today’s Gospel. In today’s reading, Jesus warns his disciples of future persecutions and calls them to a shrewd sort of wisdom. Sometimes we Christians, have a reputation of being too soft, for always looking for the best in others and possibly leaving ourselves open to deception. We forget to accept sometimes people act like dogs and swine.

Jesus does not want his disciples to be gullible or too trusting. He even encourages his followers to flee a town and move onto the next if they are persecuted. Just like when he let the rich man walk away (Matt 19: 16-23), Jesus often knew when to walk away. He could call ‘a spade, a spade’ and accept a person, a group or a situation as it was. This takes wisdom.

Lord, I pray for the wisdom to see who I can and cannot trust. Teach me to be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove.

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