YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (1)


YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

HOMILY THEME: MISSION OF THE TWELVE DISCIPLES…..”Go and proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near”

BY: Fr. Fernando PERALES i Madueño

 

HOMILY: Today, the Gospel shows us Jesus sending his Apostles on a mission: «Jesus sent these twelve on mission with these instructions…» (Mt 10:5). The twelve make up the “Apostolic College”, that is “missionary”. The Church, in its earthly pilgrimage, is a Missionary Community, as its origin lies in the fulfillment of the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit, following God Father’s divine intentions. In the same way as Peter and the other Apostles, by institution of our Lord, constituted a single Apostolic College, the Roman Pontiff, Peter’s successor, and the Bishops, successors of the Apostles, form a body which has the duty to announce the Gospel everywhere.

Among the disciples sent on mission we find those with an outstanding position, given by Christ, and a greater responsibility, such as Peter; and others, as Thaddaeus, whom we practically know nothing about; however, the Gospels, which communicate Good News, were not intended to satisfy our curiosity. On our side, we are supposed to pray for all the bishops, for the famous and for the not so famous ones, while living in communion with them: «See that you all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ follows the Father and the presbytery as you would the apostles…» (St. Ignatious of Antioch). Jesus was not looking for cultivated people, but simply for people who were available, willing and able to follow him to the end. This means that, as a Christian, I must also feel responsible of a part of Jesus’ plan of salvation. Do I keep away from evil? Do I help my fellow-men?

As their mission was just beginning, Jesus hurries to give them instructions with some limitations: «Do not visit pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’» (Mt 10:5-6). Today we must do what we can, with the certainty that God is calling all pagans and Samaritans in another phase of the missionary work.

Fr. Fernando PERALES i Madueño
(Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain)

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  1. […] HOMILY: Today, the Gospel invites us to evangelize, it says: “Preach” (Mt 10:7). The announcement is Jesus’ good news, trying to tell us about the kingdom of God, that He is our savior, sent by the Father to the world and for this reason, the only one who can renew us from within and change the society in which we live. Jesus proclaimed that “the Kingdom of Heaven is near” (Mt 10:7). He was the herald of the Kingdom of God that was present among men and women to the extent that good would advance and evil would retreat. Jesus wants the whole man’s salvation, in body and in spirit; more so, by the enigma that concerns humanity, which is death, Jesus proposes the resurrection. When someone lives dead for a sin, and recovers the grace, he will experience a new life. This is a great mystery that we begin to experience from our baptism; Christians are called to the resurrection! A sample of how Pope Francis seeks the good of man: “This “culture of discarding” also has made us insensitive to squandering and food waste. At one time our grandparents took great care not to throw any leftovers. The food that is discarded is like stealing from the poor’s table, from which he’s hungry!” Jesus tells us to always be bearers of peace. When the priests brings the Communion to a sick person he says, ‘Lord’s Peace to this house! “. And the peace of Christ remains there, if there are people worthy of it. To receive the gifts of God’s kingdom one needs a good inner will. On the other hand, we also see many people making excuses for not receiving the Gospel. We have a great task among men, and we cannot fail to preach the Gospel after having believed, because we live it and we want others to live it also. […]

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