Friday 13 July 2018
Day of Penance.
Hosea 14:2–10. Psalm 50(51):3–4, 8–9, 12–14, 17. Matthew 10:16–23.
My mouth will declare your praise—Psalm 50(51):3–4, 8–9, 12–14, 17.
‘You are the one in whom orphans find compassion.’
Jesus made it quite clear that following him was not going to be easy. The disciples must have noticed how Jesus was treated by the scribes and teachers of their community.
These so-called leaders weren’t moved by his words or actions, as the crowds who followed him were. Instead they reviled and criticised him and plotted to kill him.
Jesus promised the disciples that the Spirit would be with them forever. This is what he tells us as he sends us out each day. He asks us to reach out to the lost sheep in our lives and communities and to offer healing, peace and love.