THURSDAY 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II
Hosea 11:1-4,8-9, Matthew 10:7-15
In the gospel reading of yesterday, we saw how Jesus chose his 12 apostles. We reflected on the fact that God chose them despite their imperfections and weaknesses. Nevertheless, his grace was sufficient for the work he had called them to do.
In the gospel reading of today, Jesus is sending them out to do the work for which he had called them. His instructions to them is very interesting. They are not to seek wealth, comfort and the best of things, but be content with whatever is available to them. They are to focus on the work God has called them to do, and not think of what they will eat or drink. Jesus himself will inspire people from among whom they minister to take care of their needs.
This is almost not the motive of many modern day preachers we have in our society. Many people think of church as a special form of business; they interpret the work of God and do all kinds of things just in the name of money. Some even compromise the truth and do not shake their feet from those who do not want to listen to the truth.
As pastors of souls, we are not the one who take care of ourselves, God does. He places people in our lives to enhance our works. This is very obvious in the first reading of today. God, speaking through the prophet Hosea, says that he is the one who leads us through all the hurdles if life that we do not even know. A mother can do all she can to take care of her children when they are small and they grow up to scorn and reject her, not knowing all that she had done. It is the same way we do not acknowledge the work of God in our lives. We think that we can only succeed if we make effort. Let us concentrate on the good works God has called us to do, and he will take care of us in his own way. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP