Wednesday 10 July 2024

About Today Readings

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12. Seek always the face of the Lord – Psalm 104(105):2-7. Matthew 10:1-7.

Jesus sees our potential

Today, when we read Matthew’s account of Jesus appointing his twelve disciples to the gospel mission, we may feel a kind of rueful hope. As the names of the Twelve are mentioned, we may think not of their post-Pentecostal courage and fortitude but, rather, recall instead their weaknesses: Simon called Peter, who denied Jesus three times at his most critical hour; James and John, the ‘Sons of Thunder’, ambitiously wondering with their mother if they could have the highest places of honour when Jesus came into his glory; Thomas, known as a doubter for generations to come; Judas, the arch-betrayer; and all of them (except perhaps John) going into hiding once Jesus was arrested. These oh-so-ordinary men are an example to us – because like us, they are troubled, confused, fearful, unknowing. Yet Jesus miraculously foresaw what they would become, once infused with his Spirit; he saw their potential long before they did. He sees our potential too.

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