July 8, 2010
Matthew 10: 7 – 15
Once again as He did earlier in the Gospel of Saint Luke, Christianity gives His Apostles and us a description of what is to be expected: what to do and what not to do. Advice, counsel, guidance are very helpful and Jesus wants us to know and understand what lies ahead for us as His Chosen ones.
Christianity tells His Apostles and us: “Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack, second tunic, sandals or walking stick.” This directive seems rather severe and demanding. However, it must be properly understood.
Jesus is reminding us that if you and I are going to be His followers, we must place Christianity at the center of our lives; no one is more important than He. No one must take His place.
Food, clothing and shelter are important; they are in fact, necessities. However, they are not to assume an importance which they were never intended to have.
Many of our contemporaries have allowed them to assume a “pride of place” and, in fact, Christianity has been placed in the margin; on the sidelines. As a result, those persons have allowed what they “have” to distract them from their fidelity to Jesus. In many instances, sadly enough, the Gospel message is weakened and obscured because these people have chosen to live a contradiction.
Strengthened by our reception of the Holy Eucharist at (Sunday) Mass, may we be resolved to follow Christianity faithfully and without reserve. May our daily life serve as a witness to our belief in Jesus and, in this way, continue to make Christianity known and loved.